Scientific Name: Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus
Common Names: Banded Pipefish
Maximum Length: 7 inches (18 cm)
Minimum Aquarium Size: 30 gallons
Aquarium Suitability: Banded Pipefish is not recommended for beginners and requires appropriate water flow and perching areas such as macroalgae or seagrass. They prefer low to moderate water flow and should be kept with peaceful tankmates to avoid competition for food.
Diet: Banded Pipefish feeds on small crustaceans, such as copepods and amphipods. They can also be trained to eat frozen food like brine shrimp and mysis shrimp. It is important to provide them with a well-established aquarium that has plenty of live food, especially copepods, for them to feed on.
Reef Safe: Yes
Temperament: These fish are peaceful and non-aggressive. They should be kept with non-aggressive tankmates and may form male-female pairs.
Captive Care: Banded Pipefish requires good water quality and hiding places. It is important to provide them with a well-established aquarium that has plenty of copepods and similar foods for them to feed on. They should be kept in a tank with minimal or no competition for food. Additionally, they may need to be target-fed if necessary and their tank should be free of predatory fish.