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Corythoichthys spp., Dragon Pipefishes. Scott W. Michael

Family: Syngnathidae

Species in Genus Corythoichthys:


Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.
Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM


Dragon pipefishes spend their time slinking over the substrate, hunting for tiny crustaceans. They are best kept on their own or with other passive fish species.

By keeping them in a nano-reef tank, you may be able to ensure that they get enough to eat. They are meticulous micropredators that will have difficulty competing with fishes that eat with gusto. They may eat some of the tiny crustaceans that parasitize stony corals.

Before purchasing one of these fishes, be sure the tail is intact and the integument of the bony body is not sloughing off (bacterial infections are often seen in individuals that have been picked on by aquarium tankmates).

Facts about CorythoichthysRDF feed
Family Syngnathidae  +
Image credit SWM  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Text credit SWM  +

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