Re:Dragonface Pipefish

Pete Giwojna

Dear Grant:

Ahh, well, for an 80-gallon reef system, then I would want at least two pairs or four individuals of the dragonface pipes to keep the red bugs under control. There’s no saying how quickly they might start making a dent in the numbers of the red bugs, sir; that will depend on the availability of copepods and other microfauna in the tank. You can count on the dragon pipes to begin scouring your reef tank for bite sized crustaceans as soon as they settle down in the aquarium, but how soon it may take before they discover the red bugs is anybody’s guess. They may zero in on the red bugs immediately or they may be content to prey on the other pods and microcrustaceans in the aquarium and ignore the red bugs. But they will be searching through the corals and rockwork for suitable prey right away and spend most of their time at that task.

Best of luck eliminating your infestation of red bugs, Grant!

Pete Giwojna

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