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Old 07-14-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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Is an algae Blenny safe with corals

Ive heard mix reviews about having an algae blenny with som sps's and clams (foster). I was just wondering if he would be ok with some LPS's? TIA
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As far as I know they are safe. I know many people that have them in reef tanks.
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I have one about 5 yrs old and it never bothered anything.
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I have read about them picking at clam mantles.
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In terms of stocking your tank, would you consider an algae blenny something that adds a lot to the bio load or more of the lines like an invert (in terms of bio load). The only reason why I ask is that I have a 29 gallon reef and probably only going to have a total of 4 fish. Right now I have a gramma and a mandarin. I would like to add the blenny because I hear they are great algae eaters, but I do not want to crowd the tank (there are other fish I am thinking about getting). Would the algae blenny affect the fish load? ITA.........
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To put it into perspective, my blenny is about 5" long but blennies are more streamlined. It adds more bio load than an invert, but less than say a 5" puffer or lionfish.

A mandarin in a 29 might not be a successful venture. How long has the tank been set up? I see you have about 40 lbs of lr. It's recommended they have about 100 lbs of lr and a good pod population to live off. You may find the rare specimen that eats frozen food, but that's not very common.
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If I keep adding pods to the tank shouldnt it not be a problem. I ordered some live pods off the internet and should arrive on wed. If I keep on populating the tank with them shouldnt there be enough food for the mandarin to survive. I plan on cultivating pods in a seperate tank (plan on getting a fuge at a later date). I know about the froxen foods, I tried feeding him that when I first got him but no success. Im gonna stick with the pods and try to grow some on my own.
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