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Naso Tang, Blonde

posted: 05/15/12
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Naso Tang, Blonde
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The Naso Tang, also known as the Orange-spine Unicornfish, darkens with maturity. As a juvenile, it is dark gray with a yellow stripe on both the dorsal and anal fin. When matured, the body takes on a darker bluish-gray tone and the juvenile striping is supplemented with additional color. The tail takes on a lyre shape and two yellow patches appear at the peduncle spines near the tail. A thin, black mask forms between the eyes and mouth, and the lips develop a yellow color. Naso Tangs from Hawaii are often more brightly colored than those found in other areas.

A 135 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room, places to hide, and a tight-fitting lid to prevent jumping to escape. It is aggressive towards other tangs, but peaceful with other fish in the tank.

The diet of the Naso Tang should consist of marine algae and vegetarian items such as spirulina, meaty planktivore preparations, and dried seaweed (brown is best).

Fish Facts

Name: Naso Tang, Blonde (Naso lituratus)

Family: Acanthuridae

Range: Indo-Pacific, The Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea

Size: Up to 18 inches

Diet: Herbivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 135 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Group Spawner

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