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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Hippichthys penicillus
      Max. size: 18.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: western Persian Gulf (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia), north central Indian Ocean, and eastward to Japan and Queensland, Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-31
      Biology: Inhabit lower reaches of streams and rivers, also seagrass beds in estuaries and other shallow inshore habitats. Males exhibit parental care by incubating and guarding the eggs in their brood pouch
      Aquarium Care:The Beady Pipefish is difficult to keep in an aquarium and should be kept with other pipefish and seahorses in a separate species-only tank that is 50 gallons or larger with multiple caves and overhangs. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE it with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), because they can harm it. The Banded 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 vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, baby guppies, grass shrimp, mosquito larva, and daphnia. If the Banded Pipefish will eat them, frozen mysid shrimp provide good nutrition. It needs to be fed at least three times per day, and is a very slow eater because of its tiny tubular mouth
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