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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus
      Max. size: 19.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 5 - 56 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-26; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4. Usually with one dark band crossing opercle.
      Biology: Inhabits tide pools, lagoons, and outer reef slopes. Found in caves and crevices. Has been reared in captivity
      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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  1.   Fri June 17, 2005 1:52pm

    1. I have a small ringed pipefish that was sold to me a easy to keep. However after no initial succcess in feeding it has now started to take frozen brine shrimp but has to compete with a maroon clown. The strange thing it tries to attack my cleaner shrimps and seems to go for them when I put food in the tank. No harm to anyone yet
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