Lipstick Tang

Lipstick Tang

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Naso elegans

Due to
variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image
provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Color Form: Black, Blue

Diet: Herbivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

Max. Size: 1' 6"

Origin: Maldives

Family: Acanthuridae

Minimum Tank Size: 180
gallons

 

The Blonde Naso Tang, also known as the Orange-spine
Unicornfish, darkens with maturity. As a juvenile, it is 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 180 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.

 

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other
fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine
based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce
aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock
or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed
Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.