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Blue Unicorn Tang (Naso brevirostris)

 
Very large Unique Surgeon fish


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beautiful fish, but too big for your aquarium

Comments This is one of those fish that, generally, should be left in the ocean. It's not necessarily a bad tank mate in captivity, but it grows slow large that only a tiny percentage of folks in the hobby have the means to probably care for it. At over 2 feet as an adult, if you don't have an aquarium over 400 gallons this is the wrong fish for you.


Liked about it The unicorn tang is certainly beautiful in it's own right. With a blue body and a horn that grows as it reaches adulthood, it will definitely get attention. Generally, it is a very peaceful fish that won't bother corals or other tank inhabitants. The fish will readily take to a captive diet, consuming a large amount of seaweed type foods if provided.


Didn't like I probably don't need to elaborate on size, but the biggest drawback of this fish is that it reaches 2 feet in length. And seeing as they are often sold at just a couple inches, many folks get the wrong impression about the final size of this fish. The other negative side of this fish is that, especially when large, it's going to require a lot of food, and as a result it will add a lot of bioload to the tank. If you don't have the filtration for it, you're certain to run into issues with this fish.


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By crvz
May 28, 2010
 
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Blue Unicorn Tang (Naso brevirostris)

Comments This tang is a beautiful and unique Surgeon Fish. These Tangs do not get there blue color until they reach adulthood. They also do not start to grow there horn until they reach between 6-9" in length. They can grow to a maximum size of 2 ft. The minimum recommended tank size is 180 gallon. This is still to small in my opinion. I think a minimum size of 300-500 gallon is better for them. Some think they are not suitable for the home aquarium. They may be right. Mine reached sub-adult size when I lost him in a power failure while on vacation. His horn was just a small nub. I had several tangs at the time and there was never any kind of aggression. With some species especially with the same body structure this would change. Like all other Tangs they need a steady supply of marine algae to thrive. They will also except meaty foods.


Liked about it Liked its black and blue color it began to get as he grew. Very active swimmer all the others would follow his lead. At times it seemed as if the others couldn't keep up. His social behavior that he always displayed with the other tangs. He was the biggest yet never tried to be in charge. He was definetly my favorite at the time.


Didn't like That they just get to big for the home aquarium. Would only buy it again if I had monster of a tank.


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By rugman7
Apr 24, 2010
 
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