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Horseface Blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)

The Horseface Blenny or Ophioblennius atlanticus is one strange looking salt water fish. Also known as the Red Lip Blenny this fish's head has four small horns that protrude outwards. This along with a weird blunt nose gives it the appearance of a horse! These fish are normally black and red with a bit of yellow that helps them blend into their surroundings.

The Horseface Blenny is a quite popular aquarium fish that should be kept at temperatures of 72-78° F, with a PH level of 8.1-8.4. They have an amazing jumping ability which in the wild they use to jump from water pool to water pool. In an aquarium setting though you have to be very careful to keep a tight lid on your aquarium.These fish grow to about 5" in maximum length and are herbivore that works well in an aquarium that has large amounts of natural algae for the fish to feed on. You can also feed them spirulina and other vegetables. This fish is a natural tank cleaner that is a great fit for most aquariums.


2 comments:

alex said...

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1Green Thumb said...

Thanks Alex! That did have some helpful info on it...

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