The Striped Blenny originates from the Western Pacific from Indochina to Papua New Guinea. However, the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. The Striped Blenny has a mostly yellow front half with a white back half. Striking horizontal stripes run along the fish and accent the yellow and white coloration. The stripes end at the tail with a few irregular dots and spots. This fish is best kept in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with lots of live rock filled with an abundance of holes, caves, and crevasses. Although this fish is very active and likes to swim in the open, it still needs a some places to hide and hunt in. It does like to pick a particular cave or hole to defend as its own, but they are generally peaceful towards tank mates. As long as you don’t have other Striped Blennies or similar looking fish, you should not have problem with aggression. Just as they are solitary in the wild, they do best as solitary in the aquarium. Like other Fang Blennies, if attacked the Striped Blenny will bite onto the attacker’s mouth and release venom. This venom is not deadly, especially not to humans. It is a defense mechanism that is only meant to stun and relax another fish’s jaw. As long as you keep this fish with peaceful or at least mostly peaceful fish, you should not run into too many issues with that.
- 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
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Reef safe: Yes
- Color: Yellow head, white body with black stripes.
Because this fish is captive-bred by ORA, it is hardier, more disease resilient, better adapted to aquarium life, and better able to handle the stress of shipping than its wild-caught counterparts. By purchasing captive-bred fish, you are discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry, making our beautiful hobby more sustainable.