Forktail Blenny (Meiacanthus atrodorsalis)
The forktail blenny (also known as the eyelash harptail-blenny) is a small, elegant fish that is suitable for many smaller saltwater tanks. The species is peaceful and gets along well in small groups (generally a single male with a harem) when housed together in larger aquaria. It easily adapts to captive conditions. Like most other fang blennies, it is very tough (especially captive-bred specimens) and is disease-resistant. Not at all picky about food, it accepts most types of of aquarium diets. It remains at a relatively small size and therefore is appropriate for some nano tanks.
Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~2″ (length)
- Max Size: 4″ (length)
- Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023
- Color: Blue-gray background with golden tail
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Feeding: Omnivorous (primarily zooplankton such as Nano Brine)
Forktail Blenny Species Information
Meiacanthus atrodorsalis can be found in the Western Pacific Ocean. While it prefers open water environments, it sometimes ventures into shallower nearshore parts. It has a lot of bravado despite its modest size; this is partly because its impressive agility, but surely also due to its ability to deliver a mild venom through its fang-like teeth. Always handle this species with care!
Benefits of Aquacultured Marine Livestock
Aquacultured fishes offer a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. For example, when bred and raised under captive conditions, they adapt better to aquarium life. They are also less likely to carry disease. Even more, aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. Most notably, by purchasing aquacultured forktail blennies you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every forktail blenny we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue a store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.