Redlip Blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)
Family: Blenniidae (Blennies)
Natural Range: Western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Ocean
Depth: 0 to 26 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 40+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Red-lipped Blenny is found in shallow coral reef areas around rock, rubble, and strong wave action. It has two long and sharp canine-like teeth that are used in defense.
Husbandry: The Red-lipped Blenny is best housed in an aquarium with a healthy growth of algae. It is territorial with other benthic fish, especially its own species, otherwise it is peaceful with tankmates. Its diet should be supplemented with Spirulina if its aquarium does not provide enough natural algae. It is reported to nip at the polyps of stony corals and clam mantles. This blenny species has the reputation of being the most territorial of the comb tooth blennies (Blenniidae).
AKA: Atlantic Fanged Blenny, Horseface Blenny
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