Banded Pipefish


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FAMILY - Syngnathidac

SCIENTIFIC NAME - Doryrhamphus dactylophorus

COMMON NAME - Banded Pipefish

SIZE - 6.7" (17 cm)

RANGE - Indo-Pacific

MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 50 US Gal. (189 L)

CARE LEVEL - Difficult


FOODS AND FEEDING - Live foods initially feeding frequently, live adult brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, baby guppies and mollies, live grass shrimp, frozen mysid and brine shrimp. Can be trained to eat frozen foods, and should be fed a variety of high quality meaty marine foods.


REEF COMPATIBILITY - Can be kept in reef systems

CAPTIVE CARE - Difficult to feed properly, not for the beginner, may be harassed by blennies, wrasses, tobies, triggerfishes, porcupinefishes. Compatible with seahorses but may feed too aggressively leaving little for the seahorses, and the same situation may exist for the pipefish if housed with other tankmates that feed faster than them. They prefer mature reef systems with lots of live rock or macroalgae. They also prefer to kept in small groups.

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