Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Oualan Forktail Blenny, it is a sea, salty, and freshwater fish that belongs to the genus Meiacanthus of the Blenniidae family. The scientific name of this fish species is Meiacanthus oualanensis and it is also commonly called as the Canary Blenny and the Canary Fang Blenny. The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species are largely found in the Western parts of the Central Pacific. The Oualan Forktail Blenny is considered poisonous and is supposed to be kept only with care around kids having tank contact because it may recognize their fingers as an attacker and will deliver a similarly throbbing bite. So, the Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species are not supposed to be fed through fingers.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny is a small fish that attains a maximum body length of 2.0 inches (5 cm). Males are usually bigger than the female ones and they experience a series of color changes during the breeding season. Nothing like most blenny fish species, this fish species boasts functional swim bladders.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish has an extended body and a beautiful elongated fork-shaped tail. The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species will swim the middle level and upper level of the aquarium. They use to play in water by seeking plankton and other fish in the water column and they exist among the rocks
Adult Oualan Forktail Blenny fish have light yellow to yellow orange colored body and their head is rather dorsally greenish. The Oualan Forktail Blenny are found with elongated lobes in their lunate caudal fin. Their dorsal fin is seen with faint greenish streak and the axil of their pectoral fin includes dark spot. Their caudal fin is see-through at centroposterior area with transparent dusky rays.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny has a total of 4 to 5 dorsal spines and 25 to 28 dorsal soft rays. The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish has 2 anal spines and 16-to 18 anal soft rays.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species is oviparous and the eggs are demersal and adhesive, and they are joined to the substrate through a filamentous, glue pedestal or pad. The larvae of the Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species are planktonic, and they are habitually found in low, coastal waters.
This Oualan Forktail Blenny requires a tank with a minimum capacity of 30 gallons with a live rock for grazing and hunting so as to thrive. So, these fish species are kept only one fish for each tank, except a breeding couple is maintained. The Oualan Forktail Blenny fish species will hit back when attacked by other fish by biting the inside part of the mouth of the attacking fish. When this fish sees an intruder it will assault it with its throbbing sting poisonous gases. However, these fish species are an ideal option for coral reef aquariums.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny performs well with clean water with temperature that ranges from 72 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit with pH value between pH 8.1 and 8.4 and with specific gravity between 1.020 and 1.025.
The Oualan Forktail Blenny is an omnivorous and a dual-eating fish, and in the wild it chiefly feeds on invertebrates and small crustaceans. In the aquarium, it is fed with finely cut crustacean meat, mysis, and vitamin-rich brine shrimp in addition to freezing herbivore preparations.