Banded Pipefish (Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus) Care
The Banded Pipefish, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus, is also known as the Ringed Pipefish. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a long, narrow body that has alternating dark red and white/yellow vertical bands. They have a rounded red tail edged in white and another small white spot in the center. The head is long and slender with a tubular-shaped mouth.
Pipefish are carnivores and will typically only eat live copepods, which is one of the reasons they are so difficult to care for. They are weak swimmers and will eat food as it floats through the water column.
They require an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with minimal water flow, very peaceful tankmates, and plenty of live rock and sand. Make sure your intake/overflow is covered so they do not get sucked in. They do well in tanks with seahorses.
They are reef safe and will not bother corals or other fish. They will only eat the tiniest of invertebrates.