Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Yellow Multibanded Pipefish
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Yellow Multibanded Pipefish
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Yellow Multibanded Pipefish (Doryrhamphus pessuliferus)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6¼"
Color Form Black, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Indo-Pacific
Family Syngnathidae
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Overview

The Yellow Multibanded Pipefish is a type of reef pipefish or flagtail pipefish. This fish is a stronger swimmer than its seahorse cousins and rarely comes into direct contact with the substrate. In the wild, the Yellow Multibanded Pipefish can be found swimming under rocky overhangs, corals, or close to the floor of its reef habitat.

The Yellow Multibanded Pipefish has a long, slender body with a tiny, tubular mouth and an oval, flag-like tail. The body is yellow with bright red to maroon vertical rings from head to the tail. The tail is bright red with a white tip and yellow dot in the center.

The Yellow Multibanded Pipefish is difficult to keep due to its unusual feeding requirements. It normally prefers to eat only live copepods in a mature reef aquarium with plenty of live rock or macroalgae. An ideal diet to start this fish on is Nutramar Tigrio Bottled Live Copepods, and vitamin-enriched live baby brine shrimp, however, live baby brine should not make up the majority of its diet. Over time, the Yellow Multibanded Pipefish may become accustomed to eating frozen CYCLOP-EEZEĀ®, small Mysis, Nutramar Ova.

Looking for the best food to feed your Pipefish? We recommend AlgaGen Tisbe biminiensis.

After an elaborate courtship dance, the female will attach her adhesive eggs to the flat area on the underside of the male's trunk. A pair will regularly mate in an aquarium if well-fed. It is not easy to determine gender, but mature males typically have a flattened appearance due to the brood patch, while females are more round.

This social species is best kept in mated pairs or groups of its own kind in an aquarium that is 50 gallons or larger. It may be kept with small, shy fish such as small gobies, seahorses, dragonets, and firefish. Aggressive, territorial, or fast-moving fish do not make good companions. Pipefish will be harmed by anemones and corals with stinging tentacles or corals that are large enough to consume them, such as brain corals. Pipefish can also be harmed by invertebrates such as crabs and large shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" - 6"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.

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