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Bluestripe Pipefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluestripe Pipefish
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The Bluestripe Pipefish has a long sleek peach-orange body with a shape similar to that of an eel. A dark stripe runs the entire length of its body.

It is difficult to keep in an aquarium and should be kept with other pipefish and seahorses in a separate, species-only tank that is 25 gallons or larger. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE it with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), which can harm it. It requires plenty of hiding places such as caves or overhangs. The Bluestripe Pipefish reacts poorly when harassed by other more aggressive fish such as: blennies, wrasses, tobies, triggerfish, and porcupinefish. Live rock or filamentous algae can provide a good source of extra nutrition for the Bluestripe Pipefish.

It usually requires live food. The diet should consist of small live invertebrates such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, baby guppies, grass shrimp, mosquito larva, and daphnia. 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: Bluestripe Pipefish (Doryrhamphus excisus)

Family: Syngnathidae

Range: Western and Southern 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: 25 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Pouch Brooder

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