02-05-2008, 10:51 PM
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Re: Scooter blenny/ Dragonet
Originally Posted by bobo
What are your opinions on these fish?
reading around i have read they are easier to keep then Mandarins since they can easily be trained to eat frozen foods. My friend has one in his 10g tank and he has it eating frozen food. At one point i was amazed however when he attacked an astrea snail. Do they eat the fleshy bit of snails too?
For starters, a mandarin is a type of dragonette. The scooter blenny is a type of dragonette, not a true blenny. As far as them eating snails, typically they don't. However, if crowded, water quality is poor, or other issues are happening in the tank, they can eat just about anything they can catch and fit into their mouths. The scooter blenny has a very small mouth, so it would be quite difficult to eat a snail, but it may have been attempting to pic some food source off of the snail shell.
Mandarins are something only for a large
(minimum of 75 gallons) and well established tank (set up for at least 1 - 2 yrs) to allow for a natural food supply.
If you tell us your situation we can then help you to determine if a scooter blenny is something appropriate for your system.