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      Ornate Pipefish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Halicampus macrorhynchus
      Max. size: 18.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 25 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: northern Red Sea (Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba), Indonesia off Sumbawa Islands, Queensland in Australia, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, New Britain Islands and Guadalcanal Islands in the Solomon Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-19. Superior trunk and tail ridges discontinuous; inferior trunk ridge ending at anal ring; lateral trunk ridge continuous with inferior tail ridge; body rings 14 or 15 25-25. Colors vary with habitat, colorful on algae-rubble and dull on sand.
      Biology: Inhabits reef flats where it is found in seagrass areas, among coral rubble and algae-covered rocks. Juveniles with round-leafed seagrasses on sand slopes, usually settling from pelagic state at about 8 cm long. Adults on sand or algae covered reefs to about 25 m depth
      Aquarium Care:This 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. 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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