The Harptail Blenny is naturally found in regions ranging from the Western Indian Ocean to Africa. However, the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. The Harptail Blenny has a mostly gold-white body with black dorsal and anal fins. The tail fin is yellow and splits into two streamers that Fang Blennies are loved for. There is some subtle green coloration above the eye. It is certainly a stunning fish. This fish is best kept in an aquarium at least 30 gallons with plenty of live rock filled with holes, caves, and crevasses. It is a peaceful fish that gets along with tank mates well. It can be kept in a group of other Harptail Blennies. You can either have a trio of one male and two females or a male with a harem of females. In fact, they actually do better in a group. Males will flash color when trying to attract females, which is an interesting behavior to witness.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Omnivore. Feed a variety of herbivore and meaty foods in small portions 2-3 times per day. If you can, feed live foods for a healthier, more vibrant fish.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef safe: Yes
Color: Golden-white body with some green. Black anal and dorsal fins with bright yellow tail fin.
As mentioned above, the specimens of Harptail Blennies sold here are captive-bred by ORA. This means instead of being collected from the wild, these fish are bred and raised on land in an aquarium. Because of this, they are hardier and more disease resilient than wild-caught specimens. They are also well adapted to aquarium life and better able to handle the stress of shipping. By purchasing captive-bred fish such as this one, you are helping the ocean by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry, making our beautiful hobby more sustainable.
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