Blennys, Dragonets & Hawkfish
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"Solitary and no extensive swimmers!"
Blennies should be kept separately in any case, unless they are already offered as a solid couple. Ecsenius is known for attacking SPS polyps.
Coral hawkfish usually sits on corals and moves by hopping from one coral to other. They are mostly similar in appearance with the exception of long snouted coral hawkfish. Also the coral hawkfishes should be kept individually or in pairs – several males fight with each other! Especially popular is the blazing hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus) – It is suspected that it attacks smaller shrimps. The tanks should also be provided with a spring protection. Blenny should be kept separated at all times unless they are offered in fixed pairs. Attacks on SPS polyps are known in Ecsenius species. Since this fish is not a great swimmer, they are suitable for good structured nano-aquarium. Please be informed about the required tank sizes of individual type. Generally pay attention on good structured tanks with sufficient hiding places and live rock.
Feeding the Mandarin-dragonets and coral hawkfishes
Dragonets feed on the microorganisms and should therefore not be used in the marine tanks in the start-up phase. Since they unfailingly peck on the live rock, the naturally existing zooplankton should be developed very well. Small frozen food like Artemia, lobster eggs or Goldpods are fed gladly in case of diet change. Since they eat slowly, it should always be ensured that the dragonets get enough food.
Feeding the blennies
Blenny, especially Salarias and Ecsenius species are specially good algae eaters and should be fed with this exclusively. Salarias ramosus lives exclusively on plants, i.e. it must be fed with Nori-algae, Caulerpa algae or even natural algae growth.