The Striped Blenny, A New Captive Bred Fish from Sea & Reef

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Description
The Striped Blenny (Meiacanthus grammistes) has alternating black and white striped that run the entire length of of the fish. A bright yellow coloration starts at the head and continues about half the length of the fish before it change to white about where the anal fin begins. The Striped Blenny is an active fish that can be seen swimming out in the open in search for prey.

Temperament & Captive Care
The Striped Blenny is a peaceful fish, but will defend itself if threatened. Like other blennies in the Meiacanthus family the Striped Blenny has venomous fangs and is sometimes referred to as the fang fang blenny. While the venom is typically not dangerous to humans hand feeding and handling without gloves is not recommended. The fish do best in aquariums of 30 gallons or larger with plenty of live rock and hiding places.

Feeding
Most Blennies are omnivorous feeders, meaning that they will consume a variety of different food types. They can be fed high quality fish pellets developed for marine fish, but prefer meaty foods such as frozen or refrigerated mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, krill or other brand name foods such as LRS Frenzy, Elos Shrimps or Dr. G’s refrigerated foods. Due to their high metabolic rate, it is recommended that they are fed 2-3 times per day.  

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About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1998.