Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Horseface Blenny
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Horseface Blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Red, Yellow
Diet Herbivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 5"
Origin Caribbean
Family Blenniidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Horseface Blenny, also known as the Red Lip Blenny, originates in the Caribbean Ocean. Its body is a blended black and red with yellow markings camouflaging the body and fins. The head of this fish carries 4 small branching horns, and the nose is very blunt, which gives this species a unique horse-like appearance.

A well-established 30-gallon or larger aquarium with multiple swimming levels and plenty of rock is a suitable environment. It is not usually aggressive unless the tank mates appear to have a similar shape as it does. It is best to house singly unless kept in a larger tank and the two are a mated pair. It tends to perch and hop from rock to rock looking for microalgae to graze on. It is known to nip at small-polyped stony coral and clam mantles.

The Horseface Blenny does best in well-established aquariums with large amounts of natural algae to feed on. The diet can be supplemented with vegetable matter, Spirulina, and herbivore preparations.

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

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