Can I Keep These Fishes Together? Question

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by ViridiosExotics, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. ViridiosExotics

    ViridiosExoticsValued MemberMember

    Can I keep a Scooter Blenny (Ocellated Dragonet) and a Lawnmower Blenny (Salarias fasciatus) together in a 33 Gallon Reef Aquarium or would they fight or bully each other?:;dk
     
  2. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    IMO a scooter blenny generally is not a good choice for a 33 gallon, or any other tank without a sump and refugium. Few dragonets accept prepared foods (at least, not without some training), and they graze almost constantly on 'pods. One dragonet can decimate your 'pod population in a matter of a couple weeks without a refugium.
     
  3. OP
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    ViridiosExotics

    ViridiosExoticsValued MemberMember

    I already have the scooter (for years) and is doing very well, He loves frozen brine shrimp!
    But in terms of temperament would the lawnmower attack the scooter?
     




  4. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Possibly.
     




  5. OP
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    ViridiosExotics

    ViridiosExoticsValued MemberMember

    Are lawnmowers Aggressive to other bottom feeders from your experience?
     
  6. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    I don't keep one, but a lot of folks report that they are aggressive to other bottom-dwelling fish.
     
  7. locoyo386

    locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    As far as feeding they both should do fine. When it comes to aggression, the Sailfin Blenny might be aggressive towards the Scooter Blenny, simly because it almost resembles it in color and shape. My experience is always the same, it depends on the individual fish itself. To me tha chances are 50/50, it either will be aggressive or not. It helps if you have two set of aragements of rocks, like one on each side of the tank in the long direction, with some clear space in between them. Also if you have alot of rock work, that may help in reducing the time they really see each other. The Scooter Blenny tends to be more in the open and the Sailfin Blenny tends to purch more on the rock work.
     
  8. locoyo386

    locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    When it comes to eating pods it is more the Mandarin Dragonets that depend on the pods for survival. I now of some people that have been able to keep them on frozen foods though, not likely but possible.
     
  9. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Both are dragonets, and I've seen just as many problems with the scooter as the mandarin. JMO.
     
  10. OP
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    ViridiosExotics

    ViridiosExoticsValued MemberMember

    I thought Lawnmowers/Algae Blennies were 'True' Blennies and Scooter 'Blennies' were dragonets?
     
  11. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Yep! :)
    What I was saying is that the scooter and mandarin are both dragonets. I guess I wasn't too clear, lol.
     
  12. OP
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    ViridiosExotics

    ViridiosExoticsValued MemberMember

    No worries harpua! thanks for the help!:;toast
     
  13. Stang Man

    Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    Lawn mower blens will have an impact on skooters they are more dominate than mowers so don't go that route most blenny's can be very dominate over other blen's due to there activitiy as they do and do a goby or some other type such as a bigger fish that won't be so aggresive.
     




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