Lipstick Tang

Lipstick Tang

The Lipstick Tang is also known as the Naso Tang or Orangespine Unicornfish, and is categorised as a beautiful and peaceful fish that suits almost any large community marine aquariums. This fish is native to reefs across the Indo-Pacific, and is a very active swim loving fish that also likes to relish a good hiding location amongst live rock.  

Since the Lipstick Tang is extremely active it requires ample room to roam around the home aquarium in order to maintain optimum health. Additionally, it is important to regularly observe your Lipstick Tang as it is one of the more susceptible Tangs in regards to catching white spot, ich and other skin parasites. 

Many hobbyists suggest that though the Lipstick Tang is said to be very peaceful towards most tankmates, it may become aggressive towards those of its own species. However, many have had success keeping multiple specimen through introducing the desired amount at once into the aquarium system. 

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 clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.

Minimum Tank Size500 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
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"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Family: Acanthuridae
Origin: Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I have a 6 inch Naso Tang and he is one of the best Tangs I have ever owned. He readily accepts live, flake, seaweed and any other food presented. He comes to the top when the cover is opened and allows me to pet him. This Tang is VERY strong and is resistant to disease. A great selection for a reef tank!

  2. This is one of our favorite fish! We have had our Naso for more than 5 years, and he is extremely personable and energetic. This species needs lots of vegetable matter in his diet (particularly brown algae, like the Seaweed Selects product). The Naso Tang is peaceful towards most other species, but may spar a bit with other surgeons and tangs (although ours only does a minor bit of sparring, nothing serious). Be sure to give this fish plenty of swimming space, and put him in a big tank — he will grow quickly, given good water conditions and proper nutrition.

  3. I love these tangs, as they mature into a full adult they darken in colour and develop long talons at the end of their dorsal fin. It looks amazing!

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