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Old 11-13-2006, 08:58 PM   #1
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Algae Blenny feeding ideas needed, please!

My algae blenny is quite particular...and it's driving me nuts. For some reason, hair algae loves to grow on the equipment in my tank, but not on the rock. The algae blenny though, doesn't touch it. He'd rather play in it, it seems. He rubs his face in it...but doesn't open his mouth to eat any.

So far, the only thing I can get the blenny to eat, is brine shrimp. He won't touch hair algae, and seems to ignore the seaweed sheets I add to the tank. He is still alive, so he must be eating something, but what do you guys feed your Blennys? Mine is constantly scavenging, but I still feel as if I need to see him eat something. I now feel like I must have a constant supply of brine shrimp just for the blenny, but he shouldn't eat them!

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Just a crazy idea, can you put a little garlic in the hair algae? Not really sure if it will work, but it might be worth a try, crazy as it sounds....
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Garlic huh? That's interesting. Like...storebought garlic or some sort of expensive made-for-aqarium garlic?

Nifty idea!
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There are lots of people that use fresh store bought and squeezed. I would try to stay away from anything that has preservatives, I bought mine online, so I am not too sure what to look for, at the grocery. Try not to over do it on the garlic, maybe dilute two drops with some water and "spot feed" the algae, wow this is getting wierder...spot feeding hair algae. If you can remove the piece of equipment, try soaking it......Maybe someone can chime in....
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...are you sure its an Algae Blenny? I bought what I thought was an Algea Blenny a few weeks back. It only ate brine shrimp and nothing else. After a short while I determined that the fish I had bought was a Scooter Blenny. Scooter Blennys are meat eaters.

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...are you sure its an Algae Blenny? I bought what I thought was an Algea Blenny a few weeks back. It only ate brine shrimp and nothing else. After a short while I determined that the fish I had bought was a Scooter Blenny. Scooter Blennys are meat eaters.

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Had me scared for a moment! It's definitley an Algae Blenny as per the pictures on Live Aquaria. Here is the little guy.
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Yes that is a Lawnmower/Sailfin...whatever it is an algae Blenny. I hear that they are hard to feed. If he is looking fed and not skinny I would not get too worried because your tank is established.

I have a few people in my reef club that have big Algae Blenny's so I will ask them what they do.
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Thanks Mike. He has been looking okay, but a few days ago I noticed he looked skinny. I bought some brine shrimp, and now he looks plump again. He definitley is not following the norm.
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You might want to soak that brine in some garlic or vitamin supplement or Zoe. Something to enhance the brine.
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Thanks for the tip melosu. I looked this last time, and the time before at my lfa and they are always sold out. I guess ill have to break down and order some online.
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