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Doryrhamphus excisus - Kaup, 1856
Bluestripe Pipefish

This species makes a dramatic impact in a nano-reef. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The Doryrhamphus species are some of the most spectacular members of the pipefish group. They hover over the substrate, rather than slither across it, and often occur in pairs. It is a part-time cleaner, picking parasites off of other secretive species (e.g., morays).

Family: Syngnathidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, they live in caves and under ledges.

Maximum length: 7 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

[edit] Feeding

Typical of the genus, this species is often reluctant to accept anything but living foods. Offer live adult brine shrimp or some of the other small crustaceans available in the marine fish trade. A productive refugium and live rock can aid in getting it enough to eat. Feed several times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Do not house this fish with food competitors or aggressive species (e.g., dottybacks, angelfishes, wrasses, triggerfishes, puffers).

[edit] Special Care

This species will do better in a tank full of live rock because of the tiny invertebrates that often associate with this substrate.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Bluestripe PipefishRDF feed
Common name Bluestripe Pipefish  +
Family Syngnathidae  +
Genus Doryrhamphus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, Eastern Pacific  +, Persian Gulf  +, and East Africa  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name excisus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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