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Lawnmower Blenny - Salarias fasciatus - Medium/Large

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The Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus, also known as the Jeweled Blenny) has an elongated body with mottled light and dark brown vertical bands which extend into the elongated dorsal fin. There are often small iridescent blue spots on the upper rear of the body. The eye has a pattern of radiating black and grey strips around the rim. There are fringes above the eyes. They are very popular algae eaters and are safe for reef aquariums.



Many different species and varieties of blennies enter the aquarium trade regularly. Some of the more commonly encountered genuses are Atrosalarias (the Sailfin Blennies), Blenniella (Rockskipper or Combtooth Blennies), Ecsenius (often small and flat-faced), Meiacanthus (the notorious fangtooth blennies), and Salarias (the popular algae-eating Lawnmower Blennies). Many blennies may eat some algae growing in the aquarium like the nuisance hair algae, or ornamental macroalgae like Caulerpa. Blennies will also accept many other types of food like pellets, frozen formulas, brine shrimp and others.



Blennies can be kept with most other community tankmates like damsels, clownfish and angels but they may become territorial with time and will defend against trespassers. Blennies typically do not tolerate others of the same species except in very large aquariums with enough territory to accommodate their need for space. They are safe for reef aquariums and will not harm most invertebrates, with the possible exception of small crustaceans like Sexy Shrimp. They spend most of the time on or around the bottom, or perching in the rockwork of the aquarium.
Common NameLawnmower Blenny - Med/Lg
Scientific NameSalarias fasciatus
DifficultyEasy
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)5.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)45
OriginIndo-Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range75-82

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