(MARBLED or SEAWEED BLENNY)
(formerly Parablennius marmoreus)
Not many places sell these VERY cool blennies! Get yours while they are still in season! These guys live near seagrass beds and coral reefs and have a unique look about them with the male having at extended dorsal fin near the head area.
The Rhino Blenny is a mottling of tan and white with brown accents. Males have an extended "rhino-like" horn behind the head which is an extension of the front of the dorsal fin. Females lack this feature, but have the same cool personality!
They are reef safe, cleaning algae off of corals and rocks. Some have seen them nipping at stony corals and clam mantles, but it is possible they were just eating algae that was starting to form. Other blennies may fight also, so please monitor closely unless tank is larger, over 75 gallons. Other fish that are algae eaters that look similar, or smaller fish that enter their territory will be met with swift punishment.
Feed several times a day a diet rich with spirulina. Foods with vegetable matter need to be fed to supplement their diet, even a tank that has a good supply of algae. If there is not enough algae they will slowly starve. This great little "janitor" is peaceful, except with others of the same genus unless a mated pair.
Temperature: 74 - 80F
PH: 8.0 to 8.4
Salinity: 1.023 to 1.025
Minimum tank size: 55 gallons (with plenty of algae)
Tank Mates: Any
Reef Safe: YES
Max Size: 4"
Carrie L. McBirney
by Bob Geomans
by Scott Michael