|Latin name||Salarias ramosus - Bath, 1992|
|Local name||Starry blenny|
|Family||Blenniidae - Salarias|
|Origin||Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||14 cm (5,5")|
|Minimum volume||500 cm (132 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable with care|
|Reef safe||Always reef safe|
|Aggressiveness||Might be aggressive towards similar species|
Microalgea (Eg. spirulina)
Macroalgea (Eg. seaweed / nori)
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
This species only eats algae from rocks and glass. There must therefore be enough algae growth so it can find its own food.
Some aquarists have trained it to accept dry foods, but it is not something one should count on.
This species can live as a pair (male and female).
This species often has a fun and interesting personality.
This species can eat large amounts of algae (relative to their size) from rocks, like green hair algae and filamentous algae.
As it doesn’t eat every algae type, in case of a specific algae plague, find out more precise information.
Fish in the genus Salarias are often used to combat algae growth, especially the Jewelled Blenny is popular and is seen in many aquaria. There is little difference in what these fish eat, but they often remove the filamentous algal layer and detritus from glass and rock. Some individuals eat also other kinds of algae, like i.e. green hair algae.
Be aware that they can be very aggressive towards other Blennies. Also in some instances towards food competitors, like the Surgeonfish, Rabbitfish or similar.
There are many differences within the Toothcomb Blennies family, some eat algae whilst others eat zooplankton. There are many families of Blennies, this is merely one of them.
What they have in common are their oblong shape and long dorsal fin. Some species have small "legs" used to move around the bottom.
These Blennies do not normally get very big and are therefore a good choice for both small and large aquaria. They are not often very colorful, but many have a fun personality which many aquarists fall for.
The species of the families Aspidontus and Plagiotremus imitate Cleaner Wrasses and can therefore be difficult to identify.
|Distribution||Western Central Pacific: Philippines to northwestern Australia.|
|English common names||
Scott Michael. 2013. Über Algae Eaters: The Lawnmower Blennies - Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine - (English)
Bob Fenner. Algae-Eating Blennies of the Genera Salarias and Atrosalarias - Wet Web Media - (English)
Jeff Kurtz. 2007. Combtooth Blennies: Bewitching Bottom Dwellers - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-know Species - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. The True/Combtooth Blennies, Family Blenniidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Bob Fenner. Blennioids: Blennies and Blenny-Like Fishes - 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.