Ross was so fascinated by the Indo-Pacific surgeonfish after keeping a tank at home for 15 years that he decided to set up an aquatic business in Quedgeley in 2010, calling it BLUETANGMARINE. Ross, who has a passion for all things marine, was recently operating from the same premises however in 2020 the opportunity arose to move to new larger premises to expand his wholesale business and own brand of bluetang products at the new HQ located on the edge of the River Severn”.
The Blue Tang is still a big part of his life. “He’s 16 now and enormous,” said Ross. “He’s had to have several new tanks as he grew, in order to accommodate him properly.” The fish is very distinctive with a royal blue circular body which is flat like a pancake, a pointed snout-like nose and a yellow tail. Dory in the film ‘Finding Nemo’ is a regal blue tang.
When Ross started selling coral, he imported it from various places in Australia, mostly sourced from the Great Barrier Reef. Corals are live marine invertebrates which are popular with saltwater fishkeeping hobbyists. But after a while Ross became concerned that the coral he was buying was being taken from the wild.