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Scientific Name:Emblemaria pandionis

Common Names:Atlantic Sailfin Blenny,

Inhabits areas with clear water, from rocky shores to coral reefs. Often lives in empty worm holes, coral rubble, or edges of channels where holes are available. Shy, leaves hole only for brief periods.

Origin: Western Atlantic, Caribbean
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Atlantic Sailfin Blenny will most accept frozen, flake and pellet foods. Also pick at the rock in the tank eating small bits of algae.

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Scientific Name:Acanthemblemaria sp.

Common Names:Barnacle Blenny, Tube Blenny

Inhabits small patch reefs surrounded by white sand. Observed primarily on dead surfaces of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), but significantly more males than females were found on live coral surfaces. Males occurred twice as frequently as females in the vacated constructed tubes of serpulid worms or vermetid mollusks that provided greater surface for egg deposition. Feed mainly on planktonic calanoid copepods.

Origin: South America
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Barnacle Blenny should consist of vegetable matter, including frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius bicolor

Common Names:Bicolor Blenny, Two-colored Blenny

Found solitary in abandoned tubes. Inhabit clear lagoon and seaward reefs with mixed corals and algae-covered rocks. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Indo-Pacific, Maldives, Sri Lanka
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Bicolor Blennies prefers a diet that may rich in frozen and marine vegetable matters. This diet should include Spirulina, marine and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius bimaculatus

Common Names:Bimaculatus Blenny, Two Spot Bimaculatus Blenny

Adults occur on reef crests and slopes with rich coral growth to a depth of about 15 m. Often solitary and around sponges and tunicates. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Cebu, Indo-Pacific, Malaysia
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Bimaculatus Blenny does well on diet of vegetable matters. This diet should include frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Atrosalarias fuscus

Common Names:Black Sailfin Blenny, Brown Coral Blenny, Black Blenny, Brown Combtooth Blenny, Dusky Blenny, Highfin Blenny

Adults inhabit sheltered, shallow reefs, hiding among live or dead coral branches. From estuaries to outer reef lagoons, 2-12 m deep. Solitary. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Fiji, Indian Ocean, Java, Maldives, Solomon, Vanuatu
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Black Sailfin Blenny will nibble over the live rock in the aquarium eating microalgae 1-2 times per week. It is good to supplement its diet with vegetable matters consisting of frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae (spirulina).

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus nigrolineatus

Common Names:Blackline Fang Blenny, Black-Lined Blenny, Blackline Blenny, Blackline Fang Blenny

Adults swim above the bottom. Juveniles observed to mingle with apogonid fishes among Diadema spines as a means of protection against predators like Pterois. Adults feed on zooplankton. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Captive Bred, Tank Raised
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Blackline Fang Blenny requires a diet of meaty treats. This diet should include vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped pieces of fish and shrimp, and a quality flake food.

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Scientific Name:Omobranchus anolius

Common Names:Brachiosaurus Blenny,

Common in shallow estuarine waters. Adults occur in pairs in dead oyster shells. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Australia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Herbivore

The Brachiosaurus Blenny happily consumes vegetable matters. This diet should include frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae. Also feed on natural algae growing in the aquarium.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus bundoon

Common Names:Bundoon Blenny,

Adults swim above the bottom. They feed on zooplankton. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Tonga, Fiji
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Bundoon Blenny should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, as well as frozen herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus oualanensis

Common Names:Canary Blenny, Canary Fang Blenny, Oualan Forktail Blenny, Yellow Forktail Blenny

Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Fiji, Solomon, Tonga
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Canary Blenny should contain a variety of finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp as well as frozen herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius opsifrontalis

Common Names:Comical Blenny,

Adults occur in coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs from below the surge zone to at least 30 m, where they typically rest between corals, sides of crevices or shallow caves. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin:
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 20 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Comical Blenny happily consumes vegetable matters. This diet should include frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae. Also feed on natural algae growing in the aquarium.

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Scientific Name:Pholidichthys leucotaenia

Common Names:Engineer Goby, Convict Goby

Inhabits shallow lagoon and coastal reefs. Forms schools that are often found under ledges or around coral heads. Swim in tight formation to look like a single large body. Juveniles resemble the venomous striped catfish Plotosus lineatus. Adults live secretively in reefs and have a barred or spotted color pattern.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Engineer Goby a varied diet of fresh or frozen seafood, brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp 2 times daily.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius lividanalis

Common Names:Dusky Yellow Streak, Blue & Gold Blenny

Found in small groups in live corals of lagoons and sheltered coastal reefs at 1-15 m deep. In Papua New Guinea, various individuals were seen swimming around large coral heads on reef slopes and would not rest on the corals like those seen in Indonesia. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. It seems that the Indonesian and Philippines form may represent a new species.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Australia
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Dusky Yellow Streak must consist of meaty treats. This diet should include vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and shrimp, and a quality flake or pellet food.

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Scientific Name:Cirripectes stigmaticus

Common Names:Ember Blenny, Ember Sailfin Blenny, Red-streaked Blenny, Scarlet-spotted Blenny

Found solitary or forms small groups in the upper edge of seaward reef slopes, less than 10 m, but may be found up to 20 m deep. Adults inhabit coastal reef flats with rich coral and algae habitats; also on rocky and coralline structures; among Acropora and Pocillopora corals of surf-swept algal ridge. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Ember Blenny mainly consumes meaty foods. Its diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen herbivorous preparations, micro and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Parablennius sp.

Common Names:Emerald Blenny,

Adults occur in the shallow littoral zone to the zone beyond the influence of water movements, over light rocks or pebbles without algal cover and on secondary hard bottoms of coralligenous origin. They feed on periphyton, harpacticoids and algae. Males inhabit narrow piddock holes; they court by nodding, jumping out of hole and back again and swimming in a vertical position. Rivals are threatened by yawning, lateral display and circling, and are attacked by ramming and biting. Reproduction takes place from May to July. Attracted females spawn in resident hole of a males which guards eggs from several families. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Sri Lanka
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Emerald Blenny happily consumes meaty foods. Its diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen herbivorous preparations, micro and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus atrodorsalis

Common Names:Forktail Blenny, Lyretail Fang Blenny, Yellowtail Fang Blenny

Adults are found solitary or in pairs in lagoon and seaward reefs below the surge zone to 30 m depth. A common species, often seen along slopes and drop-offs, adults sometimes in small groups. Feed on zooplankton and also on small benthic invertebrates. Inoffensive, but immune from predation. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Mimicked by Ecsenius bicolor and Plagiotremus laudanus.

Origin: Indonesia, Indo-Pacific, Fiji, Vanuatu
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Forktail Blenny should consist of finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, as well as frozen herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius midas

Common Names:Golden Midas Blenny,

Adults inhabit coral reefs, from clear coastal to outer reef walls, usually where currents are moderate. They swim 2 to 3 m above the benthos, feeding on plankton. During the orange-yellow phase, they are observed to school with Pseudanthias squamipinnis which they resemble in color. Individuals of Ecsenius midas can change color quickly from when on the bottom to swimming in open water to match the colors of the fishes they mix with. They also socially mimic their swimming behavior and also of Pseudanthias huchtii and Lepidozygus tapeinosomoa. Reported to feed on zooplankton. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth reported taken from.

Origin: Africa, Red Sea
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Golden Midas Blenny likes to eat a diet that is rich in meaty foods. This diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen herbivorous preparations, micro and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus tongaensis

Common Names:Green Canary Blenny, Tonga Canary

Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Fiji, Tonga
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Green Canary Blenny smoothly accept a diet that may include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp as well as frozen herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus mossambicus

Common Names:Harptail Blenny, Mozambique Fang Blenny

Adults inhabit coral reefs in areas with poor to moderate coral growth; often over coral rubble. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Africa, Captive-Bred
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Harptail Blenny should include meaty foods feed several times daily. This diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Hypsoblennius exstochilus

Common Names:Horned Blenny,

Adults inhabit shallow rocky areas. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Caribbean
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Horned Blenny will graze over the large amount of natural algae to feed on. It is good to supplement with vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Ophioblennius atlanticus

Common Names:Horseface Blenny, Red Lip Blenny

Adults are restricted to shallow waters and dwell among rocks and coral reefs, where there is considerable wave action (Ref. 26938). They bite very severely, with their two very long and sharp canine teeth. Are grazers feeding on filamentous algae and detritus. Larvae feed on plankton; during larval metamorphosis to adult stage, there is no feeding and rely on lipids stored in the liver. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Ophioblennius larvae are frequently taken in deep water column. Adult males with fleshy rugosities on anal-fin spines that secrete antimicrobial mucus applied to eggs being guarded.

Origin: Caribbean
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi[aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Horseface Blenny will graze over the large amount of natural algae to feed on. It is good to supplement with vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Salarias fasciatus

Common Names:Lawnmower Blenny, Algae Blenny, Sailfin Blenny, Jeweled Blenny, Jeweled Rockskipper

Adults inhabit reef flats as well as shallow lagoon and seaward reefs. Also found in estuarine areas with algae-rich rubble patches on reef flats and slopes. Intertidal to a few meters depth. Usually found in areas of mixed coral, sand, and rubble. Found solitary in weedy areas on rocks and coral outcrops. Feed by scraping off algae. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Neither fang nor venom gland is present.

Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Solomon Islands
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Lawnmower Blenny do well on a diet of filamentous algae, frozen mysis shrimp and meaty foods. It is good to feed Nori as a marine algae supplement. Also it can be supplemented with vegetable matter, spirulina as well as herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Exallias brevis

Common Names:Leopard Blenny, Honeycomb Blenny

Adults occur on clear coastal reefs, often in bays and semi-exposed habitats. Found on the seaward edge of reefs, among corals like Acropora, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, Porites, and Millepora where they feed on coral tissues. Benthic. Males prepare nesting sites by overgrazing a patch of coral. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth reported taken from.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Hawaii
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 60 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Omnivore

A difficult fish to entice to eat in an aquarium and therefore requires special diet of stony coral polyps. It prefers to eat frozen herbivorous preparations, vitamin enriched brine shrimp or mysis shrimp. Should be feed 3 times per day.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius lineatus

Common Names:Linear Blenny, Lined Blenny

Adults inhabit shallow clear coastal to outer reef crests with rich coral growth to about 15 m depth. Often collected at depths less than 1 m in the northernmost parts of its range, but may occur more deeply (to 28 m) further south, and rarely more shallow than 5 m. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, South Asia, Western Pacific
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The diet for the Linear Blenny should consist of vegetable matter, including frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Parapercis sp.

Common Names:Lizard Blenny, Red Lizard Blenny, Red Grubfish, Schauinsland's Sand Perch, Yellowbar Sandperch

Inhabits seaward reefs, usually on patches of rubble or pavement between corals. Also found in habitats with rubble and rock solitary or in small groups.

Origin: Africa, Hawaii, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 7 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Lizard Blenny will graze over the large amounts of live rock in an aquarium eating algae. Its happily consume vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fresh seafood and a quality flake food.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius midas

Common Names:Golden Midas Blenny,

Adults inhabit coral reefs, from clear coastal to outer reef walls, usually where currents are moderate. They swim 2 to 3 m above the benthos, feeding on plankton. During the orange-yellow phase, they are observed to school with Pseudanthias squamipinnis which they resemble in color. Individuals of Ecsenius midas can change color quickly from when on the bottom to swimming in open water to match the colors of the fishes they mix with. They also socially mimic their swimming behavior and also of Pseudanthias huchtii and Lepidozygus tapeinosomoa. Reported to feed on zooplankton. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth reported taken from.

Origin: Africa, Red Sea
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Golden Midas Blenny likes to eat a diet that is rich in meaty foods. This diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen herbivorous preparations, micro and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Crossosalarias macrospilus

Common Names:One Spot Blenny, Bigspot Blenny, Triplespot Blenny

Adults are found in seaward reefs. Also inhabit shallow, semi-exposed, hard-coral and rock reef with rich algae growth. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: South Asia, Tonga, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The diet for the One Spot Blenny should consist of vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Acanthemblemaria hancocki

Common Names:Panamic Barnacle Blenny, Hancock’s Blenny

Inhabits empty worm and tube mollusk tubes on rocky reefs. Feeds on zooplankton.

Origin: Panama
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Panamic Barnacle Blenny prefers to eat meaty items. This diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, vitamin enriched frozen brine and mysis shrimp.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius pictus

Common Names:Pictus Blenny, White Lined Comb Tooth Blenny

Found among corals. Adults occur mainly along outer reef walls with rich coral and other invertebrate growth at moderate depths to about 25 m. Usually seen in pairs and often perched on large sponges. A deep-dwelling species of the genus. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth from.

Origin: Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The diet for the Pictus Blenny should include meaty foods feed several times daily. This diet should include finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius gravieri

Common Names:Red Sea Mimic Blenny,

Mimics Meiacanthus nigrolineatus. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Indian Ocean , Red Sea
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The diet for the Red Sea Mimic Blenny must consist of dried seaweed, frozen preparation rich in vegetable matter and a quality flake or pellet food. To enhance color offer Spirulina, Nori and other blue green algae.

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Scientific Name:Ophioblennius atlanticus

Common Names:Horseface Blenny, Red Lip Blenny

Adults are restricted to shallow waters and dwell among rocks and coral reefs, where there is considerable wave action (Ref. 26938). They bite very severely, with their two very long and sharp canine teeth. Are grazers feeding on filamentous algae and detritus. Larvae feed on plankton; during larval metamorphosis to adult stage, there is no feeding and rely on lipids stored in the liver. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Ophioblennius larvae are frequently taken in deep water column. Adult males with fleshy rugosities on anal-fin spines that secrete antimicrobial mucus applied to eggs being guarded.

Origin: Caribbean
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi[aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Horseface Blenny will graze over the large amount of natural algae to feed on. It is good to supplement with vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Istiblennius chrysospilos

Common Names:Redspotted Blenny, Orange Spotted Blenny, Red-spotted Rockskipper

Adults inhabit clear coastal reef flats, often in exposed habitats, common in outer intertidal reef flats and surge-swept seaward reef; usually where algal growth is prolific. They enter small holes, with just its head protruding. They feed on algae and associated detritus and small invertebrates. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth of 0 m reported from.

Origin: Africa, Coral Sea, Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Maldives
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Redspotted Blenny primarily feeds on micro-algae and requires a well established reef aquarium naturally growing micro-algae in it. Foods such as marine and blue green algae will really help the Redspotted Blenny healthy and thrive. Also provides vegetable matter including frozen and dried foods for herbivores.

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Scientific Name:Salarias segmentatus

Common Names:Segmented Sailfin Blenny, Segmented Blenny

Adults are found solitary on coral outcrops. They inhabit shallow lagoon reefs, on algal covered rocks and rubble. Feed on algae growing at the coral bases. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Maximum depth reported.

Origin: Eastern Asia, Solomon Islands
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

In a well established aquarium, the Segmented Sailfin Blenny will feed with large amounts of natural algae to feed on. It is good to supplement with vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus smithi

Common Names:Smith's Blenny, Disco Blenny, Smith's Blenny, Smith's Fang Blenny, White Blenny

Adults occur in coastal and inner reef habitats to about 20 m depth. Juveniles usually found solitary and adults occasionally in pairs. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Sexual dimorphism present. and young Scolopsis biliniatus are mimics. Minimum depth reported from.

Origin: Sri Lanka
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Smith's Blenny diet contains chopped crustaceans, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen food preparations for herbivores.

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Scientific Name:Salarias ramosus

Common Names:Starry Blenny, Snowflake Blenny

Adults occur in shallow, protected inshore reefs and in estuaries to depths of about 15 m; also on sand-weed areas on rocky outcrops. They form small groups, usually seen near reef rubble margins of coral reefs. Also found solitary on rock or coral outcrops. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth of 1 m reported from.

Origin: Australia, Cebu, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 5.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Starry Blenny is an herbivore fish and grazes over the live rock in the aquarium eating algae. It should be fed a varied diet of vitamin enriched marine algae, vegetable matter, Spirulina and herbivorous preparations.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus grammistes

Common Names:Striped Blenny, Gammistes Blenny, Striped Cat-Eye Blenny, Striped Fang Blenny, Striped Poison Blenny

A solitary species found in sheltered lagoon and seaward reefs. Several adults together occasionally in close vicinity to each other. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Several geographical variations and is mimicked by another blenny Petroscirtes breviceps. Both fang and venom gland are present.

Origin: Coral Sea, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Maldives
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Striped Blenny should include finely chopped crustaceans, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen food preparations for herbivores.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius stigmatura

Common Names:Tail Spot Blenny,

Adults are found solitary or in small groups in coastal lagoon and sheltered coral reef habitats 2-30 m deep. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Cebu, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Herbivore

The Tail Spot Blenny will graze over the live rock in the aquarium eating growing algae. Its diet should include vegetable matter, including frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius sp.

Common Names:Tribal Blenny,

Origin: Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

The Tribal Blenny is a peaceful fish and happily eats nuisance algae in the reef aquarium. It can be fed on vegetable matter, blue green algae and herbivorous preparations.

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Scientific Name:Meiacanthus smithii

Common Names:White Blenny, Disco Blenny, Smith's Blenny, Smith's Fang Blenny, White's Blenny

Adults occur in coastal and inner reef habitats to about 20 m depth. Juveniles usually found solitary and adults occasionally in pairs. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Sexual dimorphism present. and young Scolopsis biliniatus are mimics. Minimum depth reported from.

Origin: Sri Lanka
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

Its diet should consist of a variety of chopped crustaceans, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen food preparations for herbivores.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius melarchus

Common Names:Yellow Eye Blenny, Yellow-eyed comb-tooth

Adults inhabit coastal reefs and on deep lagoon bommies. They occur frequently at depths less than 15 m. In small groups in shallow depths on large sponges or brain corals. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters. Minimum depth from.

Origin: Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Herbivore

The Yellow Eye Blenny diet contains chopped crustaceans, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen food preparations for herbivores.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius ops

Common Names:Yellow Eye Combtooth Blenny,

Adults are found in clear coastal to outer reef habitats to about 20 m depth, perched on live corals in sheltered reefs. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The diet for the Yellow Eye Combtooth Blenny should consist of vegetable matter, frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae. Also feed on natural algae growing in the aquarium.

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Scientific Name:Ecsenius namiyei

Common Names:Yellow Tail Black Blenny, Black Combtooth Blenny, Namive's Blenny, Tribal Blenny

Found in various coral reef habitats from estuaries to outer reef lagoons to about 20 m depth, but usually more common on shallow reef flat at the 6 m mark. Cryptic usually on corals and sponges of isolated outcrops. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Origin: Indonesia, Indo-Pacific, Solomon Islands, Sumatra, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore

The Yellow Tail Black Blenny happily consumes vegetable matters. This diet should include frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae. Also feed on natural algae growing in the aquarium.

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