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Family: Labrisomidae
(Malacoctenus triangulatus)
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SADDLED BLENNYFamily:  Labrisomidae
(Malacoctenus triangulatus)
Springer, 1959

The Saddled Blenny is the only blenny with such a distinct patterning.   Like other little blennies, these guys like to hang our in crevices within weedy areas and rubble in coral reefs and rocky shores.  They eat small crustaceans, making them an easy fish for your tank!  They will do nothing for your algae problems though, since these blennies are carnivores.

As indicated by the species name, triangulatus, there are triangular shaped bars that are wide on the top of the back and narrow at the belly.  These are dark brownish red over a light white/light gray body.  The top of the head is dark as well with a few dots here and there all over the body.  Very cool little fish!

Their small 3" size also makes them great for a nano tank if desired, yet copepod population may suffer if the tank is less than 29 gallons.  Keeping them in a larger tank posses no problems, especially when fed regularly.  They are peaceful except for others of their own kind, so if housing more than one, or other small blennies that are similar in shape, keep in a tank that is at least 55 gallons with lots of hiding places.

Feed several times a day, mysis, shaved shrimp, cylcopeeze and other small meaty fare.

Temperature:  74 - 82F
PH:  8.0 to 8.4
Salinity:  1.023 to 1.025
Minimum tank size:  20 gallons
Tank Mates:  Any, except those who may eat small fish whole
Reef Safe:  YES
Max Size:  3"
Care Level:  Easy

Carrie L. McBirney


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