Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Ember Blenny is also known as the Red-Streaked Blenny, or Scarlet-Spotted Blenny. Native to a wide range of the Indo-Pacific, from Kenya south to Mozambique and throughout the Indian Ocean and western central Pacific to the Marshall and Samoan islands. The males are generally larger than the females and experience a succession of color changes when breeding. They grow to reach approximately 5 inches in length.
Diet Requirements: Unlike most blennies, the Ember Blenny requires a meaty diet including finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, along with frozen herbivorous preparations, Spirulina, Chlorella, and marine sheet algae for variety.
Care Requirements: They require a well-established aquarium of at least 55 gallons or larger with plenty of scattered rocks for perching and hiding, and live rock with microalgae growth on which to feed. Generally peaceful towards other species, if housing more than one Ember Blenny in an aquarium it is best to acclimate them at the same time to avoid aggression between the two. They normally make a good addition to a reef aquarium, but use caution in smaller set ups, or with smaller fleshy corals, as they have been known to pick at fleshy large polyp stony corals when underfed. In larger reef aquariums they rarely do damage to these corals or clams. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1-3/4″; Medium: 2″ to 2-3/4″; Large: 3″ to 3-3/4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.