Tompot Blenny

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Scientific name: Parablennius gattorugine

The basics:
They are carnivorous, preferring meaty foods like fresh or frozen fish, shrimps, and mussels. And they feed off the substrate (bottom feeders), so the ideal food should sink to the bottom.

Like other Blennies, the Tompot Blenny has a cylindrical stocky body covered with thick skin instead of scales. It is usually a mottled deep brown-orange. Another distinguishing feature common to Blennies is its tentacles (also called lappet, cirri, or bristly crests) over the eyes. The Tompot Blenny has long continuous dorsal fins with hard and soft rays. Its pectoral fins are rather large and fan- shaped.

5-7 inches

Tompot Blennies are extremely territorial and will pick on smaller fish. Tompots are mostly active at dusk and dawn and, due to their inquisitive nature, will often investigate their surroundings (and owners) when they become acclimated.

Being territorial, Tompot Blennies are best kept in a relatively large species-only tank. The aquarium should have plenty of rocks for the Tompot to stake a claim on, and sufficient caves and tunnels to hide in, simulating their native habitat of rocky, shallow areas. Tompots will eat small invertebrates, including anemones.

54.00-59.00 °F


0.000-0.000 mg/L


vegetable matter, herbivore preparations, Spirulina, seahorses

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