Naso Tang and "highly oxygenated tank" requirement (?)

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I read in a couple of places that a Naso Tang (Naso Lituratus, in particular) needs "highly oxygenated water."

Wouldn't ANY fish more or less benefit from highly oxygenated water? I'm just curious why Naso Lituratus seems singled-out for this recommendation. All insights welcome. :cool:
 

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I would assume their natural environment has higher rates of DO. Reef crests, etc. In order for them to thrive, you want to replicate that. They like a lot of water movement. Mine is the only tang that will swim circles around my vortech and surf the entire length of the reef all day long.
 

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I read in a couple of places that a Naso Tang (Naso Lituratus, in particular) needs "highly oxygenated water."

Wouldn't ANY fish more or less benefit from highly oxygenated water? I'm just curious why Naso Lituratus seems singled-out for this recommendation. All insights welcome. :cool:
Many surgeonfish are very active, graze constantly, and have a high metabolism, all of which increase the demand for oxygen. Some, like the Achilles, have adapted to life in the surge zone, which is both a turbulent and highly oxygenated environment. While any fish will benefit from increased O2, it is a bit more imperative with tangs, given both their metabolic demands and the high flow areas they inhabit.
 
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