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The Naso vlamingi or Vlamingi Tang is one of the largest of the Surgeonfish/Tang family. As a juvenile this fishes coloration is less striking than many of it's relatives but will grow to have beautiful metallic blue highlights on an olive gray background. Though it prefers to school with other Vlamingi as juveniles. As an adult it may fight with other Vlamingi tangs but is usually peaceful with most other tangs. Well known for their voracious appetitite for algae, the Vlamingi tang can grow up to 24 inches and should be housed in a tank of 250 gallons or more. This fish will arrive to you with juvenile coloration and no hump on the head as the adults have.
Maximum Size: the Naso vlamingi grows up to 24 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Vlamingii Tang prefers a tank of at least 150 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Diet: The Naso vlamingi is a herbivore and likes to eat Dried Seaweed (best), marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, Romaine Lettuce (blanched) , fresh seaweed, and other meaty treats.
Level of Care: The Vlamingii Tang is a medium maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Vlamingii Tang may act peacefully toward other fish.
Hardiness: This is a hardy fish.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
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