Saltwater & Marine Fish for Reef Aquariums: Biota Forktail Blenny - Captive-Bred, Aquacultured
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Forktail Blenny Captive-Bred, Biota
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Captive-Bred
Forktail Blenny Captive-Bred, Biota (Meiacanthus atrodorsalis)

Quick Stats

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

The Biota Captive-Bred Forktail Blenny’s are spawned and reared at Biota Marine Life Nursery in Palau. The Forktail Blenny, also known as the Lyretail Fang Blenny or Yellowtail Fang Blenny, has a caudal fin that resembles a fork, with two long exterior spines and five much shorter middle spines. The body is a pale blue that runs like watercolor into a bluish-yellow at the tail. Males are generally larger than females and experience a succession of color changes when breeding.

The Forktail Blenny needs a minimum tank of 30 gallons with live rock for hunting and grazing. It is best to keep only one per tank unless a breeding pair is maintained. The Forktail 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.

The Captive-Bred Forktail Blenny has a unique advantage over wild-harvested species. They are hardier and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums. Therefore, it makes an excellent choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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