Horseface Blenny


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.

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

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Greg May 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

The Red Lip Blenny as I call it is a great fish to have in a reef tank they eat plenty of green (sea weed/algae)and many other types of frozen and live foods.
This fish is very Bold and will bite if your hand is in the tank tho it wont do much but feel weird they do have a row of teeth on the top that is used for scraping algae off of live rock and aquarium glass.
I consider my Blenny’s behavior very similar to that of a frisky and always hungry dog.
Along with its interesting behavior it also can change its color to a almost solid black and its lips bright red the front 2 fins also have a red trim on them.
Really I can see no down side to having this fish

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