Atlantic Sailfin Blenny, Emblemaria pandionis?

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So my LFS got a handful of these guys in, and had them mislabeled as a "Sailfin Goby" (no slight at them, it probably came in the shipment like that, I worked there for 4 years) Looking at the fish I can tell it's a Blenny not a goby, and while looking into trying to figure out what exactly it is, the "Emblemaria pandionis" seems to be the answer.

That said, there's not really much information out there that I could find on them. So I'm wondering if anyone can confirm/give some information on their care? Sorry for the crappy pictures also, it's the best I could do with 30 Clownfish trying to get in the shot!

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So my LFS got a handful of these guys in, and had them mislabeled as a "Sailfin Goby" (no slight at them, it probably came in the shipment like that, I worked there for 4 years) Looking at the fish I can tell it's a Blenny not a goby, and while looking into trying to figure out what exactly it is, the "Emblemaria pandionis" seems to be the answer.

That said, there's not really much information out there that I could find on them. So I'm wondering if anyone can confirm/give some information on their care? Sorry for the crappy pictures also, it's the best I could do with 30 Clownfish trying to get in the shot!

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I have one!! Super easy to care for... darts around eating like a piggy. Mine is not shy and sits out on the rock but has his favorite little caves to sleep or hide in. I believe they are more meaty type eaters than algae. I also have him with a pictus blenny and there is no aggression between the two. They are in a 5g together. He has typical blenny behavior where they watch you and the eyes move independently all over and gets the big fat belly.

I am not sure how they would do with large fish but he is a confident booger in my pico.

They have videos on youtube of them in the wild doing some crazy courtship behaviors. You could probably keep a mix in a large enough tank for territorial displays.
 
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I have one!! Super easy to care for... darts around eating like a piggy. Mine is not shy and sits out on the rock but has his favorite little caves to sleep or hide in. I believe they are more meaty type eaters than algae. I also have him with a pictus blenny and there is no aggression between the two. They are in a 5g together. He has typical blenny behavior where they watch you and the eyes move independently all over and gets the big fat belly.

I am not sure how they would do with large fish but he is a confident booger in my pico.

They have videos on youtube of them in the wild doing some crazy courtship behaviors. You could probably keep a mix in a large enough tank for territorial displays.
Awesome thank you! I'll be sure to snag him tomorrow. From what I've seen I guess they're pretty rare to have in the hobby. Can't wait!
 

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I've kept a few of these as well and they are a great fish for the smaller tank. It's good advice above so I'll just add that they act like a barnacle blenny if you give them suitable little caves.

The only thing I've found that's a slight negative and possibly just a rare occurrence but I had one that tried to eat a cleaner goby. It managed to get most of it in its mouth but had its bum sticking out. This made me a little wary of keeping them with super tiny, torpedo shaped fish.
 
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