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Leopard Blenny

posted: 05/15/12
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Leopard Blenny
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The Leopard Blenny is also referred to as the Leopard Rockskipper, Shortbodied Blenny, Sailfin Blenny, or Honeycomb Blenny. The body is white with a mottling of brown.

A 50 gallon or larger reef aquarium with small-polyped stony corals as a food source is ideal. It is territorial over its food source, and will usually find a crevice close by to defend its food source from members of its own species or other food competitors.

It is difficult to entice the Leopard Blenny to eat in an aquarium, and therefore, should only be kept by very experienced aquarists who can supply its special diet of stony coral polyps. It may begin to eat occasional frozen herbivore preparations, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, or mysid shrimp. If it does, it should be fed three times per day.

Like other blennies, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Leopard Blenny (Exallias brevis)

Family: Blenniidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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