Smith's Blenny

Smith's Blenny

Meiacanthus smithi


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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Max Size: 3 inches
The Smith's Blenny, Meiacanthus smithi, features a beautiful pearl colored body and a black stripe starting at the eye and running along the back to the tail. They are hardy and can be housed with other peaceful fish in a reef tank setting, but may become territorial towards other blennies, gobies or dartfish in smaller tanks.

Blennnies are known for their incredible jumping abilities, so having a tightly secured lid is suggested. Diet should include a variety of mysis shrimp and vitamin enriched brine shrimp as well as spirulina, marine algae, seaweed and algae based foods 2-3 times daily.

I bought this Smith's Blenny here and to show you how hardy this guy is, he was the most active of 5 fish I had delivered when outside temp in MN was 21 degree out and bag water was at 68 degrees. All survived after 2 1/2 hr slow drip acclimation. He is a colorful little guy to watch darting around the tank. He is constantly on the move searching for food or detritus on the bottom as well as on reef rock. Likes to dart in and out of rock. He is getting much better at snagging Mysis shrimp I drop in before the other 6 fish hog it all, especially my Hamlet Indigo who gobbles everything that moves. A joy to watch.


Reviewed by: Philip Brock on Sept. 11, 2021

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