This fish get its name from it's habitat: barnacles. They live inside barnacles, in tube sponges and any appropriately sized hole. Rarely will you see anything but this fish's head. It likes to keep well hidden so as to avoid becoming another creatures meal. When he does find something interesting itself, in a flash, this fish shoots out of its home, grabs its prey, and shoots back home. You'll enjoy watching this fish at mealtime. Also called a Tube Blenny, they are native to the eastern Central Pacific, and have a mottled black, white and red body. The head is red on top and is covered with short appendages, fine as hair, called cirri. This blenny is popular, yet a RARITY for the aquarist.
Size: 3/4" to 1 1/2"; can get up to 2"
Tank: min. 30 gallon
Food: (Carnivore) Needs a varied diet, including finely chopped crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, meaty treats, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and krill. Feed several times a day.
Adaptability: Need plenty of live rock with a lot of holes and crevices. Needs places to hide and room to swim; on the bottom of tank.
Compatibility: Does great in reef systems and community tanks with peaceful tank-mates.