Banded Pipefish (Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus)
Family: Syngnathidae (Pipefish)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 3 to 182 ft. Size: 7.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Planktonic copepods and other small crustaceans
Natural History: The Banded Pipefish is normally found in lagoons and flats where nutrient levels are high and copepods are plentiful. It hunts among rock caves and crevices searching for prey. It is reclusive and not often seen.
Husbandry: The Banded Pipefish will typically only eat live food. It can sometimes be weaned onto frozen mysid shrimp but it must move to make it appear living. They prefer gentle water currents and structures to serve as refuge. Smaller aquariums makes it easier to satisfy its food requirements. Other cohabitant competitors will make it even more difficult to maintain a Banded Pipefish's health. A refugium that grows copepods is a great help to keeping them.
Reproduction: The male Banded Pipefish has an abdominal brood pouch with which it receives and cares for eggs.
AKA: Ringed Pipefish
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