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Dragon Pipefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Dragon Pipefish
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The Dragon Pipefish, also known as the Dragonface Pipefish or Messmate Pipefish, is a long sleek fish with a body shape similar to that of an eel.

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 55 gallons or larger. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), since they can harm it. It requires plenty of hiding places such as caves or overhangs. The Dragon 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 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: Dragon Pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis)

Family: Syngnathidae

Range: Western and South 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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