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Green Canary Blenny

Greek Name: Meiacanthus tongaensis

$27.99

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Similar to Meiacanthus oualanensis the Stunning Green Canary Blenny (Meiacanthus tongaensis) has a vivid green head and a black stripe that runs down the dorsal part of its fin. What’s more interesting to observe is its ability to “hover” in the water as it swims. It moves through the aquarium’s reef between quick darts and abrupt stops in style and grace. Males tend to be bigger than females and undergo an array of colors as they breed.
The blenny requires at least 30 gallons filled with live rock to hunt and foraging to flourish. It is best to have only one per tank unless a breeding pair is kept. If another fish attacks it the Green Canary Blenny will respond by biting into the inside of the mouth of the attacking fish.

 

It is believed that the Green Canary Blenny can be venomous, and should be treated with care when children have tank access as it might consider fingers to be an attacker and give a painful bite. The fish will only apply their bites when they are eaten by large fishes as they bite into the inside of the mouth of the fish, ensuring they cannot be swallowed.

 

A diet for Canary Blenny should consist of minced crustacean flesh that has been finely chopped Mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimps as in addition to frozen herbivore recipes.

 

Approximate Size of Purchase Small 1″ to 2″ Medium 3″ up to 3″

Category:

Care Level

Moderate

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color Form

Green, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Reef Compatible

Yes

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

5"

Origin

Fiji

Family

Blenniidae

Minimum Tank

30 gallons

Description

General information on Green Canary Blenny
Similar to Meiacanthus oualanensis the stunning Green Canary Blenny (Meiacanthus tongaensis) is characterized by a bright green head and an elongated black stripe that runs along its dorsal fin. Interesting to observe is the ability of it to remain in the water as it swims. It moves through the aquarium’s reef between quick darts and abrupt stops that are graceful and stylish. This blenny requires a medium size tank that has live rock to hunt and graze on for its survival. It is recommended to only keep one in each tank unless there is a breeding pair. If a fish is attacked by another the Green Canary Blenny is likely to react by biting on the insides of the mouth of the attacker. This Green Canary Blenny can be considered to be venomous, and should be treated with caution around children who have access to the tank as it can consider fingers to be an attacker and deliver a painful bite. The fishes will only apply their bite if they are consumed by large fish, since they can bite in the middle of the fish’s mouth, so they cannot be consumed.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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