Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 2'
Color Form: Black, Blue, Purple, Tan
The Vlamingi Tang not only changes its color as it grows, but also changes quickly and dramatically from pale to brilliant dark, depending on mood and environment. It is a hardy fish that makes it a very good choice for any beginner aquarist. The Vlamingi Tang is the most aggressive among this peaceful group, so it can survive well in a semi-aggressive tank. However, unless you have a big tank, it is best to keep only one naso tang in to a tank. The Vlamingi Tang is very active and needs an ample space to swim around along with other corals and rocks with crevices to hide and sleep in. Since it can topple corals while swimming about in fast clips, the Vlamingi Tang needs space to roam. In its juvenile stage, it helps in cleaning off the algae from the live rock surfaces, but as it grows it becomes carnivores. The Vlamingi Tang is a continuous feeder and needs to be provided with a proper diet. In feeding the Vlamingi Tang needs some algae matter, but as it grows it needs some meaty foods as well. Since it is susceptible to ailments like Lateral Line Disease (LLD), it is necessary to supplement their diet with food enriching with vitamin C. Also, you need to do vigorous filtration, protein skimming, and regular small water changes to keep these ailments at bay. Unlike other fishes of Acanthuridae, it doesn?t produce skin mucus and therefore can also be susceptible to marine ich or marine velvet, and it must then be quarantine immediately until it becomes healthy. The Vlamingi Tang is considered a good jumper and should only be kept in an aquarium with closed lid to avoid unnecessary accidents. It can be territorial and therefore it is advisable to add all the tangs at once to avoid the aggressive behavior to other fishes. The Vlamingi Tang doesn?t show any distinctive characteristics, and is very difficult to breed in captivity.