Animal Stories - Naso Tang

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   Displaying some very unique and conspicuous features, the popular Naso Tang is one of the most attractive surgeonfish!
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jo anne wilkinson - 2012-04-17
I have had Nasos since I started aquariams. I moved, so set up my 125 about 6 months ago. Initial issues, but all has been well for quite some time. I just got my naso,(blonde) and he got black ich, but is decreasing with herbatana. He loves nori, and eats energetically and seems well. My question is that he has splotches on his skin that are white and he is a light grey. He is about 3-4 inches, and I'm thinking it is probably normal in a juvenile until his color develops. They actually go away when he is eating. Any thoughts? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    Sounds normal for a young fish that just got or being sick. Keep a close eye on it for a couple weeks to make sure there are no changes.
  • jo anne wilkinson - 2012-04-19
    Thanks, Jeremy. The black spots are gone, and the splotches seem to be blending in. I appreciate your help!
    Please... Any thoughts on your heater selection? I have been through 4 that are not accurate or just stop working (with the light on)!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-20
    I like the JBJ true temp. I t is pricey but does a great job. Make sure you are getting heaters that are big enough and not working too hard. Need atleast 400 watts. I would do 2 different heater if you go with normal submergible heaters. mybe 2 400 watt heaters.
melissa - 2009-04-16
I have a juvenille blue morph tang and a juvenille lipstick tang. I just got the lipstick tang two weeks ago. At first everything was doing well, but today I noticed that the blue morph tang was attacking the eyes of my lipstick tang, and the blue morph is a lot smaller. I don't know what to do. I also have two nemos, a manderine, hermits, two star fish, and two sea urchins in a 75 gallon tank. All of the fish are small so I didn't think that I have too many already. Please someone help me find out what is wrong>

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  • brian - 2011-11-12
    As many have pointed out or if you do some research you will quickly find out that your tank is way too small for this fish. I have a naso tang in a 300 gallon tank with other tangs and he is doing fine only because he has his own hiding space in a large 35 lb rock in one area of the tank. I would not buy this fish unless you have a tank of 150 gallons or more. Naso tangs are territorial and need a lot of swimming space, otherwise they starve themselves out of the equation.
Robert Ruiter - 2011-03-27
Just got a Naso Tang for our 220 gallon tank and he looked pretty stressed on the way home, he is now hiding in our rock almost on his side. Any ideas on how to get him out and about?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    Yeah he's sounding stressed. As long as no one is bothering him, you would probably be best to give him a day or so to come out on his own. Trying to force him out will only stress him more.
  • mm - 2012-05-27
    Had a question on the Naso we got one yesterday and got up this morning and he swam for a little but then as the day went on he just seemed to lay in the cave behind the rock then after a little he would move around and lay there again. We left and came back home and now we can't find him in the tank..
Sean - 2006-01-28
I have had a naso tang for 2-3 mounths in a six foot tank. It's doing excellent and this tang has become very well tamed and I can put my hand in a stroke it. The colors are beautiful. Also kept with xl ocean tang, maroon clown, 3 yellow tail damsels, male square anthius, elbi angel, snowflake moray and a zebra moray. All the fish get on perfectly well. Does tend to fade in color at night. Kept at temperatures of 75-78 degrees. All levels of tests are fine except nitrate, which is bit high. Sump has live rock and biorbs. The naso tends to like fast flowing water in the tank. I got that through a tunze streamline 6080 which does a brilliant job.

Nasal Tang - 2012-01-20
just got this fish yesterday. it swims well in a 60 gallon wide tank, only because i have two wavemakers where it swims in one place in the current. i've only seen him peck at algae growing in my tank. so far did not eat the tropical crisp or bloodworms. but seems to be out swimming and happy.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Seems like you are doing the right things! :) Naso Tangs, like other tangs or surgeonfish are basically herbivores. He is pecking at the algae since that is what he basically eats. If your algae is a little on the low side, and you think he is hungry, try flake food for herbivores or hang some nori agae sheets for him to eat. Watch his tummy area, or I should say, his 'chest' and if it is full and not concave, then he is getting plenty and there is no need to feed him extra. If ANY area in his lower body is 'pinched' or thin, then feed him algae or Nori Sheets. They can be picked up at the local pet store or Nori can be found at asian markets.
Amber Poindexter - 2011-08-05
I love naso tangs

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Neat looking - how's the personality?
Eusebio - 2010-11-15
Hello! I bought a naso tang a couple of weeks back and it's doing perfectly fine. It wouldn't feed for some days but now it feeds on anything. It has since become the pride of my aquarium.

Chad - 2006-12-25
I've had a large Blonde Naso for about 3 months. He had a very rough first 3 weeks. Which if you do your research, you'll find is quite commen for large specimens of this fish. They are fast moving fish that DO NOT like to be confined to a bag. This generally results in a fish on a hunger strike, also making them even more prone to Ich. Offer a tank of no less than 135 gallons (absolute minimum, will do better in 180), Consistently high water quality, brisk water movement, lots of Nori (dried seaweed), enriched Mysis and Brine Shrimp, and peaceful tank mates (at least at first). They are generally quite shy at first and won't do well if stressed by an aggressive fish. My Naso was a constant source of stress for me for the first few weeks, I watched him go through an Ich infection and get extremely thin. Keep up on your husbandry and this generally strong fish should bounce back from whatever ails it. He is now the centerpiece of my tank at 10" long.

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  • joe - 2010-08-11
    Did you quarantine your blonde naso, and if so for how long? Thinking of getting one. My main tank is 135 gl and my quarantine is only 45 gl.
destine - 2009-11-30
Hey, I dont have one but I am reseaching a blue strip tang, and it is hard to find web sites. peace =)

Dylan - 2006-09-20
we feed all our tangs and angels cos lettuce which you probably know about, but have you tried zuchinni. just blanch it for 5 secs and they will love it. also they love nori (dried seaweed), all the fish do even our big lunar wrasse.