Care Level: Easy,
Color Form: Assorted,
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 5"
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia,
Minimum Tank Size: 30
The Sailfin/Algae Blenny is notable for its unique looks
and winning personality. With a mottled tan color, oversized eyes, and typical
body shape of the Blenniidae family, Salarias fasciatus adds visual appeal to
any marine aquarium. But despite its tendency to grow to an impressive 5"
in size in the home aquarium, the Sailfin/Algae Blenny remains peaceful, active
and, therefore, fun to observe.
Also referred to as the Jewelled Rockskipper, Lawnmower,
or Rock Blenny, the Sailfin/Algae Blenny is native to the reefs across the
Indo-Pacific. Like other Blennies, the Sailfin/Algae Blenny will perch on live
rock, hide in caves, hop across the substrate, and graze on microalgae.
Therefore, it requires a larger system with a variety of live rock and
The Sailfin/Algae Blenny is peaceful towards other fish
unless the tank mate is similar in shape or appearance to the blenny. It is
best to house the Sailfin/Algae Blenny singly unless kept in a larger aquarium
and the two are a mated pair. It is known to nip at small-polyped stony coral
and clam mantles.
The Sailfin/Algae Blenny does best in well-established
aquariums with large amounts of natural algae to feed on. The diet can be
supplemented with vegetable matter, spirulina, and herbivore preparations.