Naso Tang (Naso lituratus) Care
The Naso Tang, Naso lituratus, is also known as the Orangespine Unicornfish, Lipstick Tang, and the Orangespine Tang. These fish come from the across the Pacific Ocean. Tangs are also known as surgeonfish because they have a scalpel-like spine at the base of the tail, be sure to handle them with care!
Naso Tangs can reach up to 18″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with strong water flow and lots of swimming area. They will be peaceful with almost all fish except other tangs. If you want to add multiple tangs to a tank, it is best to add them at the same time so none of them have pre-established territories.
Naso Tangs are reef safe, but need plenty of swimming room, even when they are small.
NOTE: Tangs are very susceptible to getting ich; always quarantine them before introducing them to your main tank.
In the wild, the Naso Tang feeds all day by grazing on algae and small meaty bits of food. They are high metabolism fish with require feeding multiple times a day. Tangs are herbivores and require a diet rich in foods such as macroalgae such as Ogo (Gracilaria pacifica), dried seaweed, Nori, Spirulina Flakes, and enriched vegetable flakes. They should be fed a couple of times a day. Despite being herbivores, they will happily eat meaty foods, such as Frozen mysis shrimp, fed to other tank inhabitants.
It is recommended that you soak food in some type of vitamin supplements like Selcon or a garlic supplement in order to help the fish fight off any possible parasite infestation and offer balanced nutrition.
NOTE: The more you feed a tang, the faster it will attain its adult size.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 2” to 2½”
Small-Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium: 3½” to 4½”
Medium-Large: 4½” to 5½”
Large: 5½” to 6½”
Extra Large: 6½” to 7½”
Extra Extra Large: 7½” to 8½”
Show: 8½” to 10½”