Red-lipped BlennyFamily: Blenniidae Ophioblennius atlanticus Photos: Courtesy John Rice
Coloration at night
The Red-lipped blenny is known for its excellent habit of helping to keep reef aquariums free of problem algae. They have a hardy appetite and are easy to maintain!
They can be territorial, and the Red-lipped Blenny may chase others of its own size or less, but this is not always the case.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance/Foods: Blennies are omnivores. They do well on a diet which includes all kinds of algae and frozen marine foods. In a well established aquarium or a mini-reef they will usually find plenty to eat with minimal supplemental feeding.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Red-lipped Blenny are found in the Eastern Atlantic: Azores and Madeira; Canary, Ascension, St. Helena, Cape Verde, San Tomé and Annobon Islands; St Paul's Rocks; and along the coast of west Africa from Senegal to Angola. Western Atlantic: Trindade Island (Brazil). Bermuda, North Carolina to Florida (USA), Bahamas, Caribbean, including Antilles to Brazil. Rare in northern Gulf of Mexico. They are found at depths of 10 to 20 meters (33 - 60 ft).