Forktail Blenny - Meiacanthus atrodorsalis
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Meet the Forktail Blenny (Meiacanthus atrodorsalis): A Graceful, Reef-Friendly Addition to Your Marine Aquarium
Introducing the Forktail Blenny, also known as the Yellowtail Fang Blenny or Lyretail Fang Blenny, a striking and reef-friendly fish that adds both beauty and functionality to your marine aquarium. Native to the Indo-Pacific, this charming blenny offers a distinctive presence in your underwater world.
1. Stunning Appearance: The Forktail Blenny boasts an exquisite combination of vibrant colors, with its striking blue-purple body and contrasting yellow tail and a diagonal black line bisecting the eye and running along the base of the dorsal fin, making it a standout feature in any marine aquarium.
2. Ideal Tank Size: To ensure their well-being and freedom to express their natural behaviors, a tank size of at least 30 gallons (114 liters) is recommended. This provides ample space for them to explore and thrive.
3. Reef Safe: Forktail Blennies are considered reef safe, making them an excellent choice for reef aquariums. They are generally peaceful and coexist harmoniously with corals and other invertebrates.
4. Beginner-Friendly: With their adaptability and low maintenance requirements, Forktail Blennies are suitable for aquarists of all experience levels, making them an excellent addition for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike.
5. Maximum Size: These blennies typically reach a maximum size of about 5 inches, which makes them a manageable and versatile choice for various marine setups.
Tank Environment: Maintain a well-established marine aquarium with hiding spots, live rock for shelter, and stable water parameters. Keep the water temperature between 74-80°F (23-27°C) and maintain a salinity level of 1.023-1.025.
Feeding: Forktail Blennies are omnivorous and enjoy a varied diet. Provide high-quality marine flakes, pellets, and occasional servings of live or frozen foods to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
Compatibility: These blennies are generally peaceful and get along with various marine fish. However, they can be territorial towards other blennies, so consider tankmates carefully.