Blue stripe pipefish

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  1. LetItReef

    LetItReef Valuable Member

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    Hello,

    Anyone here have experience with this fish? Does it mainly eat pods or Nutramar Ova and other similar small food will be ok. Is it sensitive to flow? I have 1 jebao pp-4 on a Nuvo 40.
    Any other info will be helpful.

    Thanks!
     
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    Bongo Shrimp Well-Known Member

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    While they may not accept frozen foods without training, they can usually be switched over very easily with cyclops or ova and eventually they may even take smaller frozen mysids. Like most other commonly available pipefish they are reef dwellers and will be fine with high flow. It's a common misconception that pipefish require low flow environments.
     
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  3. DanConnor

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    Hatching baby brine shrimp is an easy way to get them started.
     
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  4. Maritimer

    Maritimer Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter CTARS Member R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018 Build Thread Contributor

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    @PaulB keeps a pair - quite successfully - in his long-term reef, using his own-made baby brineshrimp feeder.

    Neat little fish!

    ~Bruce
     
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    Kamden Uelton Well-Known Member

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    I have one that is eating Nutramar Ova.
     
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    LetItReef Valuable Member

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    Cool! Did u train?
     
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    mort Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Good advice.


    I've kept and acclimated dozens of these over the years and find them the most hardy pipefish by far. They can eat surprisingly big food as well ime, had them eating pe mysis in my home tank. It's even possible to breed them and they are easy to sex.
     
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    I didn't train him at all, I was feeding my Crinoids and realized he was also eating it.
     
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  9. Paul B

    Paul B Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I have been keeping them for many years in pairs. 2 males will kill each other. They will hunt pods all day but it's best to suppliment them with new born brine. They will also eat new born frozen brine or tiny pieces of clam. They spawn constantly if well fed. I feed them every day with this.
    All the fish in this video constantly spawn except the shrimpfish.



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    The top one here is pregnant.

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    I enlarged this picture to hang in my house.

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    Paul, I can't seem to find it in the kajillion pages on your various threads; how do you get the brine down the tube to your feeder?
    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
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    Paul B Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Jerry, the tube is very thin. You add the shrimp with a little water, then shoot in maybe a tablespoon and everything in the tube, shrimp and all go into the feeder.
     
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    Thanks Paul
     
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