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Black Combtooth Blenny
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Black Combtooth Blenny (Ecsenius namiyei)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 4"
Color Form Black, Yellow
Diet Herbivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Indonesia, Sumatra
Family Blenniidae
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The Black Combtooth Blenny - also known as Namive's Blenny, Tribal Blenny or Yellowtail Black Blenny - isn't often seen in the hobby. Adding one to your reef aquarium may just cause a little blenny envy among friends!

Useful for controlling microalgae on live rock and corals, these reef-safe herbivores pack plenty of personality, darting from perch to perch among the rockwork. Body coloration graduates from a primarily blackish-purple body to an electric indigo and yellow-white tail.

In nature, they are most commonly found among the shallow reef flats, but also inhabit estuaries and outer reef lagoons to about 60 feet deep. Combtooth Blennies are named for their distinctive fine teeth - about 100! - embedded in their lips rather than their jaw. They use these teeth to scrape algae off rocks and aquarium glass.

Generally found amid crevices and rocks on the bottom of its environment, the Black Combtooth Blenny needs a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of scattered live rock for perching and hiding. They are generally peaceful, but may become territorial towards others within the same genus.

The diet of the Black Combtooth Blenny should include vegetable matter, including frozen and dried foods containing marine and blue-green algae. It will also feed on (and help control) algae growing in the aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" - 2"; Medium 2" - 3" Large 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Josh K La Crosse , WI
What a cool fish! Lurkey the Combtooth Blenny used to spend most of his time hiding in the dark until I found an old barnacle. He now spends most of his time swimming between different barnacle holes and popping his head out to survey the tank. Gets along well with the other fish. Although, Lurkey has gotten an immense dislike for my hand when it is in the tank, darting out and nipping at me and then darting back to his barnacle.
Chris K PA
This is a great little fish, he is very adorable! He does great in my 55 gallon tank with my,Longnose Hawkfish, Maroon Clown, Niger triggerfish, and my Lunare Wrasse. A great beginners choice!
Valarie L Gastonia , NC
We loved our Combtooth Blenny. Known in our tank as "snoop dawg". Unfortunately, I found him wrapped up in our anemone this morning. He was still breathing when I got him away from the anemone, but died shortly after :( Ready to add one back to our tank!!!
Adrian J Heber Springs , AR
A WONDERFUL ADDITION!!! Benny, the blenny, is a great fish. It is so much fun to watch his facial expressions as he perches on rocks and fake coral branches throughout our FOWLR tank. We have a 55 gallon. He is very hardy and fun to watch. He does not stress out easily and gets along with our other fish. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!
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