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Old 05-26-2013, 02:45 AM   #1
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Dragonface Pipefish?

So I'm planning on picking up a dragonface pipefish this Thursday. It would be going in my 70 gallon mixed reef tank. I've only seen these pipefish in mixed reef tanks (both times they were SPS dominant with high flow and lots of fish), but a lot of info is leaning towards treating them like other pipefish and seahorses (picky eaters, slow-moving fish, etc.).

Are there any tips for keeping this awesome creature? Should I get 2 since it's said to best to keep them in pairs/groups?
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Nobody has a pipefish or some extra knowledge to share?
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I've kept freshwater pipefish and I can tell you they are best kept alone or with slow species. They are a joy to have.
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I've kept freshwater pipefish and I can tell you they are best kept alone or with slow species. They are a joy to have.
What did you have those FW pipefish with an what size was the tank?
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I had them with white clouds and scarlet badis in a 10 gallon tank.
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Thanks.
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Yes, treat it like a seahorse. IMO, it's not going to do well in a community tank unless you can get it to take prepared foods.
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Yes, treat it like a seahorse. IMO, it's not going to do well in a community tank unless you can get it to take prepared foods.
Is there a way to do that besides putting the pipefish in a small area and trying to train it? The shop owner I'm buying from is feeding thrice daily and eventually they took the food. Don't think that would be a proven method though.
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Did you actually see it eat? Also, seahorses and pipefish are not aggressive creatures. They would eventually starve in a community tank simply because they can't compete with fast tangs, dottybacks, clowns, and the like. I would not recommend this.
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Good point. He had 3 mandarins as well which were very fat and healthy. The pipefish would be eating copepods mostly though so how would that be competing?
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