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Old 11/16/2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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Blue Spine Unicorn tang

Any one have one of these guys?Want to hear success stories or failures for that matter. I'm looking for a large show fish for my tank and am thinking about getting one of these guys. Blonde Naso was also a consideration but after failing with 2 in the past 5 or so years, I don't think I'm going to try another. ( Others have informed me I'm not alone in this) From what I read they are best purchased at 4"+ and once they acclimate they are very personable, not aggressive, and hardy.


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Old 11/16/2017, 01:10 PM   #2
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They are hard to find as not a lot of demand for them. I found one locally in the 8-10" range but it had a damaged horm that led to an unrecoverable bacterial infection. DD just had a brevirostatus yesterday but I was too slow.


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Old 11/16/2017, 01:54 PM   #3
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Doesn't seem to be much info on them. I know they aren't in high demand since they get nearly 2ft. They are beautiful as adults and would make a great conversation piece. Simon, if you want one from DD I can give you contact information to get you to the right people that can make that happen.


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Old 11/16/2017, 02:46 PM   #4
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My buddy has one that he has had for years, it's a full grown adult that's a little skiddish but otherwise always comes out to eat when he feeds the tank for company. It also swims in the open as you would expect any other tang to do. It's also fairly peaceful in that it only gives the sailfin tang and bristletooth tang a brief chase every now and again.


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Old 11/16/2017, 03:56 PM   #5
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I have a show size vlamangi tang which I think is very similar in behavior. They are constant swimmers and they never stop eating. Thanks


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Old 11/16/2017, 07:53 PM   #6
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The Vlamingi is another awesome fish when they get large. Very docile and inquisitive, saw a 2ft one in a large tank in Florida 2 years ago. Beautiful fish


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Old 11/18/2017, 12:31 PM   #7
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Anyone else?


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Old 11/19/2017, 07:21 AM   #8
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Tagging along as I want to get one of these guys at some point too. I saw them snorkeling off Maui a number of years back, they are gorgeous!


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Old 11/19/2017, 01:17 PM   #9
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Well I'm getting one so I will update the thread after I get one. Apparently not many have this fish, which I get because of the size.


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Old 11/19/2017, 09:57 PM   #10
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Picture!!!!


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Old 11/20/2017, 10:54 AM   #11
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After it comes in and assuming it eats/makes it through QT I will post some pictures.


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Old 11/20/2017, 05:17 PM   #12
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Sorry we couldn't help. Way out of my size range.

I've seen unicorn tangs in public aquariums, but I'm not even sure if those are N. unicornis, N. annulatus, or something different.

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Old 11/20/2017, 11:14 PM   #13
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The one that was on DD was N. Brevirostris, the blue unicorn (though not the same as the blue spine which is N. Unicornis). They both get large, but the Brevirostris is much more torpedo shaped as it grows. Either way, a very cool fish. DD picture was of a juvenile pre horn.


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Old 11/21/2017, 10:13 AM   #14
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I assume this is N. brevirostris? If so, I can't wait to see a picture of this guy. I would buy one for sure if my tank was appropriately sized. Tempted to get another vlamingi but even that will outgrow my tank fairly quickly (300g). But I agree that when those species get large they are very cool and not something you usually see.


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Old 11/21/2017, 12:28 PM   #15
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I assume this is N. brevirostris? If so, I can't wait to see a picture of this guy. I would buy one for sure if my tank was appropriately sized. Tempted to get another vlamingi but even that will outgrow my tank fairly quickly (300g). But I agree that when those species get large they are very cool and not something you usually see.
Yes this was a Brevitostis. I titled the thread blue spine because Liveaquaria seems to have them more often, or at least they have a "email me" section for them unlike the Brevirostris.


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Old 11/21/2017, 09:49 PM   #16
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Peaceful fish . Have had him 2 years , has grown from 4 inches to around 7 inches in that time.


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Old 11/21/2017, 11:32 PM   #17
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Peaceful fish . Have had him 2 years , has grown from 4 inches to around 7 inches in that time.
Wow, nice tank! What size is it?


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