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Scooter Blenny (Synchiropus ocellatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Red, Tan, White
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 5"
Origin Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands
Family Callionymidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Scooter Blenny is also known as Scooter Dragonet or Ocellated Dragonet. It has a mottled brown and white body with red highlights. The male usually has brighter colors and a larger first dorsal fin.

A 30 gallon or larger reef aquarium that has live sand substrate, docile inhabitants, and lots of live rock makes the ideal aquarium for the Scooter Blenny. More than one of its species may be kept; if so, it is best to introduce them all to the tank at the same time. The ratio should be 2 or 3 females per male.

The Scooter Blenny may be a difficult fish to keep due to its feeding habits. The Scooter Blenny will sift through the sand for food. Finely cut meaty foods and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp may be acceptable substitutes.

Looking for the best food to feed your Dragonettes? We recommend AlgaGen Tisbe biminiensis.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"

Customer Testimonials

Houston Nashville , TN
The scooter blenny is a great addition to any tank (other than aggressive) although they do require specialized foods, like live micro's etc, they are fun to watch as they "scoot" along the bottom substrate or favorite coral's and live rock. They "scoot" by doing this cute "hop" and it's really funny to watch. I made the mistake and made the scooter blenny my first addition to my brand new (just cycled) saltwater aquarium, and I was brand new to it too. Thanks to tons of research I got mine to eat frozen foods, but you may not be so lucky, so please, do your research first, and wait until you have an established aquarium!
Mike B Roanoke , VA
A Scooter Blenny is a great community fish, especially to round out the lower water regions; they constantly hover over live rock and the substrate. All you need is a healthy tank that supports micros for them to feed on or a substitute they'll accept.
Denise M South China , ME
I have had male and female scooters and you have to see their mating dance at night; it is so cute. They go up in the water side by side and when reaching 3/4 to the top they split off and they keep doing this. So cute. Then they find a place to sleep and shake the sand upon their back. Sometimes if you look at the sand bed, you can see their fins looking like eyes beneath the sand. It is hard to explain, but really neat :-)
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