Blonde Naso Tang (Naso elegans)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 16 to ? ft. Size: 18 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Macroalgae, filamentous microalgae, copepods
Natural History: The Blonde Naso Tang is found on reef flats in small groups, sometimes in schools in outer reef areas. It has a yellow dorsal fin which distinguishes it from its closest relative, the naso tang. It also has orange marks on its sharp caudal peduncle spines.
Husbandry: The Blonde Naso Tang should be not housed with other naso tangs. It is generally a well mannered community fish, unagressive toward unrelated species. It will eat all the macroalgae from a typical aquarium so additional algae or a substitute must be provided. Rarely a blonde naso tang may nip at stony coral polyps. It has been reported that this tang, like many tangs, prefers strong water current and turbulence. It may have a blotchy color patter when stressed or at night but is personable enough to eat from an aquarist's fingers. When extremely alarmed, it may jump out of an aquarium.
AKA: Elegant Unicornfish, Orange Spine Unicornfish
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