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Family: Chaenopsidae
(Emblemaria pandionis)
Evermann & Marsh, 1900
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Family:  Chaenopsidae
(Emblemaria pandionis)
Evermann & Marsh, 1900
Several fish are named with "Sailfin Blenny" so do not confuse this one with Altrosalaias fuscus.  This is the perfect blenny for your empty barnacles!  They love to live in empty worm holes, coral rubble or any other item that forms a hole.  They will leave the hole briefly to feed or check something out, but for the most part they stay put.  They are found in groups in the ocean over a large area.  So a tank that is 4' long may work for 2 of them or one in a nano tank.  A male and female pair may work in a smaller tank as well.
They only grow to 2" so they are another great little fish for your nano tank or larger!   Females and males are easy to identify.  The females are light tan with small pales spots and dark flecks scattered about.  The dorsal fin is lighter with has dark broken lines that parallel the body shape.  The males are darker.  They have an extended dorsal fin which can be almost as deep as their own body on the males!  Male pelvic fins are paddle shaped.  Like all blennies they are scaleless with a cirrus, or a fleshly appendage over each eye and a smaller cirrus over each nostril.
These guys are pretty mellow except when in a small tank with other zooplankton blennies.  Larger tanks facilitate a calmer demeanor, especially when they have a cool hole to live in.  They won't do anything for your algae problem, as they are zooplankton eaters, but they will do something for your biodiversity!  Seeing that cool long fin extend when looking for a mate or warning off others is very interesting.  They will not do well in an aggressive tank, as they will not come out to eat and will slowly starve to death.  Being very shy is the result of this eventuality.
They will eat any meaty food including shaved shrimp, mysis, brine, cyclopeeze and other foods of similar nutrition.  Feed several times a day.
Temperature:  74 - 82F
PH:  8.0 to 8.4
Salinity:  1.023 to 1.025
Minimum tank size:  15 gallons
Tank Mates:  Any, except those who may eat small fish whole
Reef Safe:  YES
Max Size:  2"
Care Level:  Easy
Carrie L. McBirney
-Florida Museium of Natural History
Sailfin Blenny
by Cathy Bester


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