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    3 months ago I added a pair of Banded Pipefish to my 60 Gallon Cube Seahorse tank. One BPF acclimated and the other did not, dying within two weeks of purchase. Today I added a much smaller (baby) BPF to the tank. The new small PF began snicking copepods off the glass and the sand immediately, drawing the attention of the Large PF, who made a bee-line for him and began attacking him. ????? I have never heard of a Pipefish being aggressive with another of it’s own species. The little guy has taken up residence in one of the many hiding places in the live rock.

    What to do? I have a well seeded, very roomy refugium in my Tritan sump. I considered removing the BIG PF and putting him in the sump for a week or so, giving the little guy time to acclimate and, I’m hoping, ending the Big PF’s territorialness? If I could catch the little guy, I would remove him and return him to the store, but I’m not sure I can catch him.

    Any suggestions or input anybody has, please email me. I have 2 mated pairs of Seahorses, a BIG Banded PF/a little Banded PF, and a Fire Shrimp.

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