Horseface Blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)

Care Level: Moderate
Behavior: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Max Size: Up to 5"
Diet: Herbivore

Horseface Blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)


The Horseface Blenny, otherwise known as the Red Lip Blenny, are blended in color. They bodies are red and black with hints of yellow across their fins. The fish have blunt noses and have 4 branching horns which give them the horse-like appearance.


It is best to house the Horseface Blenny in a 30 gallon tank or larger with room for swimming and plenty of live rock for perching, grazing, and hiding. These fist are rather peaceful, but it is best to keep the singly. If you do decide to keep them as mated pairs, it is best to keep them in a larger tank. Do note that they can be kept in reef aquariums, but they do tend to nip at clam mantles and coral polyps.



The diet of the Horseface Blenny should include: marine algae, vegetable preparations, and frozen and dried foods.

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