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Banded Pipefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Banded Pipefish
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The Banded Pipefish is also referred to as the Ringed Pipefish. It is a long sleek fish, with a body shape similar to that of an eel. It is a greenish-yellow with black rings spaced evenly along the body. The oval-shaped tail is a striking red and is fringed in white with a white spot in the middle.

The Banded Pipefish is difficult to keep in an aquarium and should be kept with other pipefish and seahorses in a separate species-only tank that is 55 gallons or larger with multiple caves and overhangs. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE it with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), because they can harm it. The Banded Pipefish reacts poorly when harassed by other more aggressive fish such as blennies, wrasses, tobies, triggerfish, and porcupinefish.

The diet should consist of small live invertebrates such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, baby guppies, grass shrimp, mosquito larva, and daphnia. If the Banded Pipefish will eat them, frozen mysid shrimp provide good nutrition. It needs to be fed at least three times per day, and is a very slow eater because of its tiny tubular mouth.

Fish Facts

Name: Banded Pipefish (Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus)

Family: Syngnathidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Plant life, algae

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Pouch Brooder

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