Forktail Blenny - Meiacanthus atrodorsalis - Yellowtail Fang - Lyretail Fang Blenny
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 diet should consist of finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysid and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, as well as frozen herbivore preparations.
Maximum Size: The Forktail Blenny Grows Up to 5 inches
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1-1/2 - 3-1/2 inches not including the caudal fin.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested: The Forktail Blenny prefers a tank of at least 20 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: The Forktail Blenny is found Near West-central Pacific to Bali, the Philippines, East to Samoa, south to Rowley Shoals, the southern Great Barrier Reef, and throughout Micronesia.
Natural Environment: Inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs below surge zone. They have a fully functional swim bladder and often found in the water column with other fishes
Feeding and Diet: The diet of the Forktail Blenny Is a Omnivore should consist of variety of chopped foods (meats & veggies).
Breeding and Propagation: Canary Blennies usually reproduce in pairs. Males often change color quickly at breeding season, and are larger than females. Captive breeding is not widely accomplished.
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