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What is this fish called?`?

I went in a fish store today just to look around and I saw a Dory fish (the blue one in Finding Nemo). It was the most beautiful fish I think I have ever seen in my life and I just fell in love with it. What is it called?

Also, I may want to purchase one (a long time from now). I have heard saltwater aquariums are a pain in the butt. Is this true? How much work and money is involved? This fish was so gorgeous and I would like to own one someday.


I really am not planning on getting it any time soon. I`m talking about when I have a husband, a job, a baby, and make my own money. I am going to be 15 in a couple of days so not for a while.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Dory was a Regal Blue Tang. Here is a link that is really cute that shows what all the Finding Nemo fish were and shows a picture of a real one.


    We own a salt tank and after you get them going they are actually easier than a brackish tank. You do water changes but dont have to vaccum the tank. You get fish that do that for you, lol. It is expensive to set up. The salt is about $20 a bag and you use about 1 every two to three weeks. You need special lighting and filters. To give you an idea we have an 80gal and we have a fluval filter ($209 @ PetCo), a protein skimmer ($100 at local fish store) then we have a reef tank so we buy rock which is anywhere from 5-12 dollars a pound. We have 20lbs in there now and are no where near done with the reef. The lighting (you can't use the same lighting you use with fresh and brackish tanks) can be anywhere from 100-500 dollars depending on what kind of tank you are doing (reef, coral, fish only with fake rock and coral) Then the fish are tremendously more expensive for the cool ones than fresh water or brackish fish. One fish can be anywhere from 20-200 dollars and most places do not guarantee salt fish as they are delicate and can be killed easily. Same with the coral plants. That is why if you do a salt tank do not under any circumstances buy from a chain store such as Walmart, Petco or petsmart. Buy from a reputable local dealer who has healthy fish. If you have 400 dollars worth of fish in your tank and buy a sick one.... that is a lot of money to put on the line. The key to salt tanks is patience. You really do need to cycle your tank for the full 6 weeks. Do it right the first time. Try to stay away from the do it quick products. Get your tank and salt first. Get your salt going right with your filter. Then after a few weeks, you can get a cleaning crew, snails, crabs, urchins, peppermint shrimp. Then when you hit the six week mark get a couple fish. Take it slow and be patient. It is fun and once set up really doesnt cost anything but your salt and new stuff to put inside (fish, coral, etc). And once set up it cares for itself aside from the water changes.

    When you get to the point you want to do salt just find a fish store that you trust and they will walk you through your set up. Fish lovers love to talk fish... so a good fish store will have very helpful people.

    We are getting ready to by a clown fish and an anemonie. They are so cute together!!

    Hope this helps!!!

    Source(s): Salt tank owner
  • 1 decade ago

    Its a blue tang. They are indeed very beautiful as with a lot of saltwater varieties. But as you mentioned, Saltwater tanks can be very expensive to set up and maintain. You don't want to cut corners too much as this can affect the life span of your fish (i.e. the filtration systems are REALLY expensive but well worth it). Make sure you do a lot of research before going and getting one. Check around at specialty stores and quiz the heck out the people that work there. You really want to learn as much as you can before making such a big investment.

    A couple sites you can check out is aquaticcommunity.com and aquanet.com. If you do any searching on the Internet, use the word "aquarists" because other keywords (saltwater tank, aquarium, etc) can lead you to more stores than to information portals.

    Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    Saltwater tanks are much more difficult. There are many more facets of a saltwater tank than a freshwater one. In a saltwater tank, you can't really get away with lax water changes like you could with freshwater. Everything in saltwater tanks has to be perfectly balanced, while in freshwater tanks, there can be some variation regarding water quality. If you want a tank, and some fish, start freshwater, and when you have the money and experience, try a saltwater tank. A great way to start is with a 20 or 29 gallon kit (U.S. gallons). You could keep some Dwarf Gouramis or some African Cichlids. If you have any questions or ideas, and after you do a little research (find out what freshwater fish interest you), email me at "nosoop4u@cox.net". Good luck!


  • 1 decade ago

    Dory is a blue tang.

    Saltwater is easier to keep, from what I hear, but more time and money to set up. I've never had one, but I've been working with freshwater for a long time, and I have been asking a lot of questions about salt so I know about them.

    I think (honestly) that you may have to still put as much work into the upkeep, but bear in mind the setup is a lot more intricate with saltwater.

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  • 1 decade ago

    dory was a hippo tang.

    salt water aquariums are expensive but they are beautiful, we have one. I wouldnt say a pain in the butt so to speak, keeping salt creep to a min is a pain as well as keeping chemical balance right is. But once you get it up and running it is smooth riding. I will say you can not just set up a tank and put fish in all in one day, you must wait for the salt to disolve get it into the right range, then run the filter to make sure your bio filter is healthy then add fish slowly because if one thing is off you can kill your fish!

    a blue hippo is probably going to run your 30 dollars, fish are expensive. we have over 1000 dollars in stuff in our tank and it looks empty. (had to sell some stuff because we moved)

    Source(s): owner of a 72 gallon bow front!
  • 1 decade ago

    The most common name is just Blue tang , but you will hear Hippo blue, pacific blue, Regal Blue is probably technically correct. Keep in mind that this fish will get much bigger than it probably is in the store, one blue tang all by itself needs about 30 gallons of water. Also PLEASE don't feed it just regular fish food, it needs algae to thrive, not meaty fish food, ask the guy at the fish store about it.

    Source(s): fishstore manager
  • 1 decade ago

    the fish is called a blue tang.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think she is a tang look them up in google there are heaps of kinds, shes a regal tang

  • 1 decade ago

    wanda is the fish name

    Source(s): observation
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