Flame Pipefish (Dunckerocampus baldwini)
Family: Syngnathidae (Pipefish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean (Hawaii)
Depth: 20 to 416 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Planktonic copepods and other small crustaceans
Natural History: Flame pipefishes are found on reef slopes and faces under ledges and in recesses on the reef. It has been observed to clean other fishes.
Husbandry: The flame pipefish will typically only eat live food. They can sometimes be weaned onto frozen mysid shrimp but it must move to make it appear living. They prefer gentle water currents. Smaller aquariums makes it easier to satisfy their food requirements. Other cohabitant competitors will make it even more difficult to maintain pipefish health. A refugium that grows copepods is a great help to keeping them.
Reproduction: Males have an abdominal brood pouch into which they receive eggs and care for them.
AKA: Redstripe Pipefish
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