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      Double Ended Pipefish

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: bicoarctatus
      Max. size: 40.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 1 - 42 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan; Mariana Islands in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24-32; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4. Brownish in color, usually with small spots on trunk.
      Biology: Inhabits subtidal lagoon and seaward reefs, usually among algae or seagrasses. Most are seen on sand and mud areas, prone to currents; usually soft bottom to about 25 m
      Aquarium Care:The Belly barred 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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