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Ruth - 2010-03-09
Scooter blenny was my favorite too. I say "was" because he passed on yesterday. I had a lot of algae on the rocks in my 65 gallon berlin style reef and not a lot of coral thanks to the Racoon Butteryfly (which are awesome to get rid of aiptasia btw if you don't care about losing all your mushrooms too). To decrease the algae I took 3 actions: decreased frozen food (mysis etc.) from 2 cubes per day to 1 for all 8 fish; turned off the MH--actinic blue fluorescent only each day for 12 hours; stepped up 10% water changes/vacuuming from every 2 weeks to every week. Which killed the blenny? I swear he was eating but maybe it wasn't enough. You be the judge and comments welcome.

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  • Tyler seyfert - 2014-06-14
    How long have you had your scooter, they eat really small copepods that reproduce normally in your sump so its possible he didn't have any food to eat
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Ruthie - 2008-12-03
I just came home with my spouse and took a looked in the 50 gallon breeder tank, and we found our two scooter blennies mating! What a suprise! As soon as we walked up to the tank though, they separated quicker than an 85 year old at the slot machine. After they separated we saw the eggs or sperm sacks, whatever they were. We don't know, does anyone have an answer for me? Are they egg layers or live birth fish? We have a 3 stripped damsel, Yellow tailed damesel, a yellow tang and a zebra tang, 3 turbo snails and 4 hermits and a sally light foot. Will all the rest eat the eggs if the scooters lay eggs? Thank you very much

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  • nat - 2012-10-01
    My scooter blennie is not eating and it's not moving around like it used too and I think he will die. The tank has some algea on the glass and red stuff on the heater what should I do.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-11
Alguien me puede ayudar estoy muy preocupado x qme acuario se ensucia mucho, le sale mucha cosa d color morado y manchas verdes y se las limpio y al sig dia otra vez . Le cambio el agua c/ 8dias y nada my anemona y blenny estan muy tristes porfavor aconsejenme.clownfish y yelowtail blue estan muy bien en el mismo acuario. Gracias.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-11
    ¡Hola! Es lamentable que usted está experimentando los problemas con tu acuario. Sin embargo, hay esperanza. Cambiar el 25% del agua cada 7 días, o una vez por semana. Asegúrese de que el acuario no está cerca de la luz del sol, y asegurarse de que la luz en el acuario, sólo lo hace durante 6-8 horas diarias. Ni más ni menos. Espero que esto ayude! Por favor, disculpe la calidad de mi español, soy un hablante nativo de Inglés.
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Trevor - 2003-12-29
Hi, I live in Burnaby B.C. Canada and I find that the mandarin goby is bi-far more expencive than its counter part and its counter part is far more abundant than the mandarin. I am talking about the "Psychedelic Fish". I have also been told that these and Mandarin gobys are very very hard to keep. I have a 100 gallon tank with about 200 lbs of rock and I usualy do 20-40 gallon water change every 12 days and he love the fresh water,hes right in their when I just top off the water my tanks temp id at 80 degrees. I got him 5 months ago and he has more than doubled his size since I have had him. But what I need to know is,is that will a Mandarin and a Psychedlic live together and NOT fight when crossing each others paths?

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shelly - 2011-02-28
I have a 55 gal aquarium that I just went to from a 30 gal. The guy I bought it from had crushed shells and coral on the bottom so I left it. Now I wanted to go and get the scooter blenny that I have wanted so bad and was told no because it must have a sand bottom. Anyone out there that can tell me different?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-01
    Add a layer of live sand. I have mixed it before and my blennies did just fine. Really do not recommend removing crushed shells because you already have all the established colonies in your existing substrate.
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Lewis - 2011-08-01
Hello, I have a 30 gallon tank with a scooter blenny, a diamond goby, 2 firefish, 6 chromis and a Clarks clownfish along with 2 cleaner shrimp

I want to get one of these or a phycadelic mandarin can anyone tell me what one would be better??
Thanks :) :-)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    I believe you have too many fish for the 30 gallon tank you have now. Rule of thumb is 1 usuable gallon of water for each inch your fish are going to be as adults. Not the size they are now. With so many in the tank, the fish will become stunted and could die. I would look up the adult size of each of your fish and than get another tank or a larger tank. Sorry bout that but it is fun to have more than one.
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CRRose - 2011-04-28
I have a male mandarin in my 40 gallon reef that is doing excellent and growing well. He eats anything frozen (especially Nutramar Ova) though I'd like to get him eating New Life Spectrum pellets as well. These fish are easy to care for in any sized tank provided that the owner is willing to work with them and train them onto other foods. It is important to choose a mandarin that is not skinny with a sunken-in stomach, as they often won't start eating again. Putting them in a breeder net or similar and offering foods several times a day (siphoning out anything left over) is an excellent way to train them. Once they are eating well, they can be released. No one willing to invest a little time should be scared away from these lovely little fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-29
    Thank you for the information. It is always great to hear from someone who has been through it and can help others. Thank you.
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diane Stegman - 2011-01-17
I am not sure how to feed this fish. I put in brine frozen shrimp and didn't touch it. Any suggestions?

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mark - 2005-10-31
I have had my scooter blenny for two years now and have never gotten bored with him. he is an active and lively member of my 45 gallon semi reef aquarium. Scooters, for some reason, fascinate me. especially there ability to change color to suit their surroundings very much like a chameleon does, only just not to such an extreme extent. i would highly recommend anyone with a 30 gallon+ aquarium to keep one of these wonderful little characters. They grow to be about 3.2 inches and will eat algae, small crustaetians and occasionally flake foods

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  • Fred Schuster - 2010-10-24
    I have three scooter's in my 180 gallon tank, two females and one male. They are all happy and doing well, at least for the past two years. I have not noticed that they eat algae but they do eat formula one small pellet dry food every time I feed the fish. All three look well nourished and eat readily when I feed the other fish. They will swim in the currents to capture brine shrimp when added to the tank as well. I am not sure about the breeding habits as some have mentioned, I have noticed that the male and one of the females will disappear into the rocks for about a week or two and then emerge. I have always assumed that they were laying eggs in the rocks.

    I know that it has been said that these little creatures are difficult to keep in a tank and should be avoided, however my experience has been good and I would recommend getting a pair. They readily eat the formula one dry small pellets and seem to be doing good.

    They are a joy to watch in your tank as they are always moving from the time the lights come on to the time the lunar lights go out. They do bury themselves in the sand at night and come out in the morning a sand color.

    A great little addition to the reef tank.
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cory - 2009-12-31
We got a scooter Blenny about 3 weeks ago. We bought him at the pet store out of a 8 gallon Bio Cube. Now he is in a 55 Gal tank with a half black angel, 2 blue chromis, a serpentine starfish, a chocolate chip star fish, and a couple different crabs. He went from being very active and bright colored to pale white and very stationary, what is wrong all my other fish are doing great. He's still eating just acting very funny! Any thoughts... I have a fishless mainly coral filled 8 gallon bio cube like the one he came from, should I transfer him into that? We really don't want to lose him.

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  • Kevin - 2010-09-22
    I would say transfer him. I'm no expert, but it sounds like the bigger and more populated environment may not be settling well with him. Also, the serpentine starfish could be a problem, or possibly the chocolate chip starfish. The Serpentine, depending on the type, may be tempted to eat the blenny depending on its size. They are known for dropping down on bottom dwelling fish from time to time. The chocolate chip starfish could possibly go for it as well. That all depends on size though. I would definitely say move it though. I bought a scooter blenny not long ago and moved some of my star fish to another tank just to be safe ;)
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