|Latin name||Pholidichthys leucotaenia - Bleeker, 1856|
|Local name||Convict blenny|
|Family||Pholidichthyidae - Pholidichthys|
|Origin||Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||34 cm (13,4")|
|Minimum volume||400 cm (106 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable with care|
|Reef safe||Reef safe with caution|
|Aggressiveness||Mostly peaceful but might be aggressive towards similar species|
Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.
This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.
This species likes rearranging the sand in the aquarium.
Be sure that the rocks cannot collapse if the sand is removed.
This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.
When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding.
They can live as a pair provided they are introduced simultaneously.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.
When young these fish have horizontal stripes, but as they grow, the pattern changes and the stripes become more vertical.
Should be kept in an aquarium where there is enough sand for it to make a small cave.
Convict Blennies (Pholidichthydiae) live in small holes in the sand and rocks. At first they live on only zooplankton, but as they become larger they also start eating fish and crustaceans.
Provided with the right environment these fish are a nice and unique addition to an aquarium.
One should be aware that these fish dig into the bottom so that sand and debris whirls around in a tank.
If one wishes an aquarium where the debris does not accumulate in one place, this is the obvious choice.
|Distribution||Western Central Pacific: Philippines south to the Solomon Islands. Absent from Australia.|
|Danish common names||
|English common names||
Scott W. Michael. Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-know Species - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Convict Blennies, Family Pholidichthyidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.