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Naso brevirostris



Naso brevirostris naturally inhabits the Indo-Pacific: from the Red Sea and the coast of East Africa to the Marquesas Islands, Dusi, and Hawaii, north to the southern coast of Japan and south of Lord Howe Island. The fish keep close to steep reef rocks and quiet lagoons, at depths of 1 to 45 m. Fish usually swim in small groups, although there are specimens swimming in pairs and singly. In large open spaces, spotted rhinoceroses bunch in large flocks. Juveniles usually stay near the bottom, eating algae from living rocks, and adults swim in the middle layers of water, feeding on zooplankton. These fish are very large and can only be kept in very large aquariums, which makes them very rare to find in aquarists' collections.

Naso brevirostris has a short elongated body, the tail stem is quite thin, the tail plumage is triangular in shape, light-colored with a darker root. The spines on the tail are black. The fish has a long horn, and it is present in both males and females. Horn appears in fish not immediately, but when they reached 15-cm. Until then, the fish are viewed only a slight cusp. Coloration of the body gray-blue or brownish. On the head reddish dots are visible, of which the body are formed intermittent transverse lines. Sexual differences are absent. Juveniles have the same coloration as adults. The maximum size of fish is 50-60 cm.

Naso brevirostris

Naso brevirostris quickly adapts to life in an aquarium environment. These fish require a very large aquarium, with a volume of at least 1,500 liters per 1 specimen. Only in a large aquarium fish can appear in all its glory and it grows a large horn.

In general, the spotted horned fish non-aggressive and can contain it without fear in a common aquarium with almost any fish and even grouper and sharks. In aquariums, you can keep a group of these fish at the same time. Rhinoceroses are not harmful to corals and are suitable for keeping in a reef aquarium.

Water parameters: temperature 24-28° C, pH pH 8,1-8,4. Requires quality filtration and aeration of water.

Lighting should be bright, lasting at least 10 hours a day.

The menu of fish are a variety of live and plant foods. Fish are fed with minced meat shrimp, squid and mussels. Preferably this food mixed seaweed and lettuce or spinach leaves. Also, spotted rhinoceros eat artemia with pleasure and do not refuse dry food designed for herbivorous fish. The youngsters feed mainly on algae growing on live rock. Feed fish at least 2 times a day.

Reproduction

In aquarium conditions Naso brevirostris does not breed. These fish are very rare to find in the trade and this is due to the circumstances described at the beginning of the article.

Naso brevirostris

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