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Choosing and Caring for the Marine Blenny for your Home Aquarium

With so many amazingly colored marine fish available for the home aquarium, it's easy to become very fond of their vibrant colors and lovely finnage. Even so, most aquarists favorite specimens are often those that possess the most "personality." But most of all in terms of personality, no other fish group compares to the blennies. Combined with a usually excellent temperament and constant alertness, their daring antics make them quite entertaining to watch.

Compared to many other marine aquarium fish groups, blennies make for extremely low-maintenance pets. Simple to feed and comfortable in just about any size tank, very simple to care for, this disease resistant hardy group of fish seldom pose any major problem for even the beginner aquarist. Most owners of blennies consider their appearance and behavior as cute, entertaining, even comical. With such a great personality, and their ease of care it is no wonder why they are one of the top recommended saltwater fish groups for the home aquarium. Aquarists can count on their Blenny being reliably reef safe, and their small adult size make them an excellent choice for any marine aquarist.

As a group, the blennies are enormously varied. The so-called "true blennies" are known as blennioids and form their own taxonomical group. Though some aquarium literature speaks as though these true blennies form a family, the blennioids actually make up an entire suborder, with six families comprising the suborder Blennioidei. This suborder claims around 833 separate blenny species in 130 genera. That's a whole lot of funny looking, comical blennies! With such a large genera, its amazing that certain traits are found throughout. The entire group are smallish in body size yet the eyes and mouth of a blenny are relatively large, and they often bear distinctive antenna or whisker like appendages on their heads.

Special Note:When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" on one of our featured saltwater fish, it means the fish have gone through our Aquarium Conditioning Process which is from 26 days to 60 days long, depending on species. During this time the arriving ocean fresh fish first go through Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our aquarium life systems they will get used to aquarium life and we work on getting them to eat well through a special process we use to change ocean fresh saltwater fish over to our aquarium conditioned fish. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine fish to you knowing they will do well in proper aquarium conditions and they will also eat well, which are the two most important factors if you expect a long life saltwater aquarium fish.

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Blue Eye Golden Midas Blenny

Ecsenius midas, Africa
Picture of the Golden Midas Blenny, Ecsenius midas
YouTube Video of the Golden Midas Blenny


Description: The Blue Eyed Golden Midas Blenny is the best looking of all the Midas Blennies. With there golden body and bright neon blue eyes these beauties from the African coast are an excellent reef tank species. The Golden Midas is an entertaining captive, with its unique movements and often changing coloration. Perfect for 30 gallon or larger, can be a great choice for beginning marine aquarist's and advanced hobbyists alike. Golden Midas Blennies swim with a rather undulating motion and have been compared to eels in their movements. They are considered to be quite alert and active, and are often the first fish in the community to come to feed when items are placed into the aquarium.

Tank Size: Minimum tank size of 30 gallons with live rock.

Feeding: The Golden Midas Blenny is an omnivore requiring a proper diet of meaty and plant based foods. For a diet provide finely chopped meaty foods such as crab, shrimp, oyster, and clam along with mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp,and a good frozen herbivore preparation.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Large - 3 inches to 4 inches


$49.99


Captive Bred Canary Blenny
Meiacanthus oualanensis
Picture of Captive Bred Canary Blenny, Meiacanthus oualanensis


Description: The Canary Blennies is aptly named, being a solid vibrant yellow. These fish are bred in captivity and are hardier than their wild harvested counterparts. Also known as the Oualan Forktail Blenny, or Canary Fang Blenny, its bright yellow color is a beautiful addition to either a fish only or reef aquarium. If attacked by other fish, the Canary Blenny will retaliate by biting the inside of the mouth of the attacking fish. The Canary Blenny is considered venomous and should be kept only with caution around children having tank access since it may perceive fingers as an attacker and deliver a similarly painful bite. Requiring a minimum tank of 30 gallons with live rock in which to hunt and hide when threatened.


Tank Size: Minimum tank size of 30 gallons with live rock.

Feeding: The Captive Bred Canary Blenny is an omnivore requiring a proper diet of meaty and plant based foods. For a diet provide finely chopped meaty foods such as crab, shrimp, oyster, and clam along with mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp,and a good frozen herbivore preparation.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2 inches to 2-1/2 inches


$26.99



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Galopagos Barnacle Blenny

Acanthemblemaria macrospilus
Picture of Galopagos Barnacle Blenny


Description: One of the coolest blennies, the Galopagos Barnacle Blennies are social, you can keep as many together as you would like. Also known as the Tube Blenny, it likes to live in small places like the inside of a hollow barnacle or other snail shell etc. It's color is a mottled black, white and red which covers the body and fins. The head is covered with hair-like appendages and has two very large red eyes. and a pinkish/red mouth. They are a very attentive fish constantly watching about the aquarium waiting for a meal to come their way. Always seen within it's residence in a small crevice in the rocks, in an old snail shell or as the name applies peering out of a barnacle.

Tank size: Minimum tank size of 5 gallons with live rock.

Food and diet: The Galopagos Barnacle Blenny is an omnivore requiring a proper diet of meaty and plant based foods. For a diet provide finely chopped meaty foods such as crab, shrimp, oyster, and clam along with mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp,and a good frozen herbivore preparation.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"



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Red Scooter Blenny

Synchiropus stellatus
Picture of Red Scooter Blenny, Synchiropus stellatus
Description: The Red Scooter Blenny is also referred to as the Red Starry Dragonet or Red Stellate Dragonet. Scooter Blenny's are actually classed as Dragonets, which also includes the ever popular Green and Spotted Mandarin Goby. These fish are more suited to a reef type tank, as they scoot around the liverock, and live sand looking for small Amphipods and Copepods. Males are easily identified by their large dorsal fin which they will display mainly when courting and in territorial disputes. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time.

Tank Requirements: Keep in a 30 gallon or larger tank containing plenty of live rock and live sand which can supply natural food. A growth of algae (even hair algae) is an ideal setting to culture the tiny arthropods and copepods these fish need to survive. Keep with docile inhabitants only, no aggressive fish. This species is rarely aggressive towards other bottom-dwelling fish. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time. The ratio should be 2 or 3 females per male.

Feeding: Provide a reef tank or plenty of live rock. They are slow-moving, deliberate feeders and should not have to compete for their food. The Scooter Blenny will sift through the sand looking for food. Algagen Tisbe biminiensis is excellent for all. Finely cut meaty foods and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp may also be acceptable substitutes.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility: Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size:1 inch to 2 inch


$22.99



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Scooter Blenny

Synchiropus ocellatus
Picture of Scooter Blenny, Synchiropus stellatus
Description: The Scooter Blenny is also referred to as the Starry Dragonet or Stellate Dragonet. Scooter Blenny's are actually classed as Dragonets, which also includes the ever popular Green and Spotted Mandarin Goby. These fish are more suited to a reef type tank, as they scoot around the liverock, and live sand looking for small Amphipods and Copepods. Males are easily identified by their large dorsal fin which they will display mainly when courting and in territorial disputes. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time.

Tank Requirements: Keep in a 30 gallon or larger tank containing plenty of live rock and live sand which can supply natural food. A growth of algae (even hair algae) is an ideal setting to culture the tiny arthropods and copepods these fish need to survive. Keep with docile inhabitants only, no aggressive fish. This species is rarely aggressive towards other bottom-dwelling fish. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time. The ratio should be 2 or 3 females per male.

Feeding: Provide a reef tank or plenty of live rock. They are slow-moving, deliberate feeders and should not have to compete for their food. The Scooter Blenny will sift through the sand looking for food. Algagen Tisbe biminiensis is excellent for all. Finely cut meaty foods and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp may also be acceptable substitutes.

Level of Care: Difficult

Reef Compatibility: Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size:1 inch to 2 inch


$12.99


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Caribbean Sailfin Blenny

Emblemaria pandionis
Picture of Caribbean Sailfin Blenny, Emblemaria pandionis
Description: The Caribbean Sailfin Blenny is occasionally seen in the aquarium trade. Due to its small size and interesting behavior its a fun little fish perfect for small nano-reefs or small fowler aquarium. They live in clear, shallow water along rocky shores or reefs where there is rubble or crevasses for them to hide in. Shy but a territorial fish that live in loose colonies they are found in the western Atlantic from the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and north around the Gulf of Mexico. Found in color's ranging from white to brown to black. Their name comes from the high dorsal fin that they display when threatened or as part of their courtship behavior.

Tank Requirements: Keep in a 10 gallon or larger tank containing plenty of live rock and live sand which can supply natural food. A growth of algae (even hair algae) is an ideal setting to culture the tiny arthropods and copepods these fish need to survive. Keep with docile inhabitants only, no aggressive fish. This species is rarely aggressive towards other bottom-dwelling fish. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time. The ratio should be 2 or 3 females per male.

Feeding:Provide a reef tank or plenty of live rock. They are slow-moving, deliberate feeders and should not have to compete for their food. The Scooter Blenny will sift through the sand looking for food. Algagen Tisbe biminiensis is excellent for all. Finely cut meaty foods and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp may also be acceptable substitutes.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1 inch to 2 inch


$22.99


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Red Lip Algae Blenny

Ophioblennius atlanticus
Picture of Red Lip Algae Blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus
Description: The Redlip Algae Blenny Ophioblennius atlanticus is also often called the Horseface Blenny. It is only found in the Atlantic tropical waters. Just as the name suggests, the protruding lips are red. Pectoral fins and tail fins are decorated with red highlights. Its body is a blended black and red with yellow markings camouflaging the body and fins. The head carries 4 small branching horns, and the nose is very blunt, which gives this species a horse-like appearance.

Tank Recommendations: No smaller than 30 gallons. Ideally keep in an aquarium with plenty of natural algae growth because this fish loves to graze and will happily help you keep the algae under control. The Redlip Blenny spends most of its time perched on rocks near the bottom of the tank. It likes to squeeze itself into a cave, crevice, crack, empty barnacle or similar in the wild and stay inside with only its head sticking out. It is beneficial to provide it with the opportunity to carry out this natural behaviour in the aquarium as well, e.g. by including suitable caves and crevices in your aquascape.

Feeding and Diet: The Redlip Blenny should ideally be placed in an aquarium where there is plenty of natural micro algae for it to feed on. It is also known to help keeping the aquarium free of filamentous algae. To be on the safe side, it is best to supplement the naturally occurring algae with fresh or frozen foods for herbivore/algaevore fish, especially if the aquarium is not very well established yet. Even though the Redlip Blenny feeds chiefly on algae, it is actually an omnivore that will ingest small amounts of meaty food in the wild. It is therefore a good idea to occasionally provide it with small meaty foods in the aquarium to ensure optimal health.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef CompatibilityExcellent

Approximate Purchase Size:1-1/2" to 3"

$29.99




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