Red Scooter Blenny - Synchiropus stellatus

Red Scooter Blenny - Synchiropus stellatus

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Care: Difficult
Temperament:   Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Max Size:
Tank Size: 30gal


Red Scooter Blennies, despite their common name, aren't true blennies. They're a species of dragonet similar to the Green Mandarin. Red Scooter Blennies will always be found hopping from place to place on the rock and sand in a constant search for their tiny copepod prey. Their bodies are speckled with reds and whites, with large black and white pectoral fins that they use for resting on surfaces.          


Red Scooter Blennies grow to a maximum size of 3 inches, and may be kept in aquariums of 30 gallons or larger. As with most dragonets, a larger tank with more rockwork for grazing drastically increases the chances of longterm success, as they feed almost entirely on nearly microscopic fauna in the tank, and don't compete well for food at feeding time. They're a very peaceful reef safe species, and may be kept in groups, though males will become territorial with each other as they mature.         


As with other dragonets, the dietary needs of the Red Scooter Blenny can be a major obstacle to overcome. They have tiny mouths, feeding almost entirely on copepods and other tiny invertebrates off of rocks and sand in the wild, making them incompatible with common aquarium feeding practices. It's best to put them in large tanks that can support a sufficient copepod population, as they'll quickly decimate the supply in smaller tanks, though they can be acclimated to target feeding of small mysis and brine shrimp through a turkey baster.      

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