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Red banded pipefish now on sale!

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    Pete Giwojna

    Good news, gang – the Ocean Rider red banded pipefish (Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus) are available again and are being offered to home hobbyists at this time. As you know, they make wonderful tankmates for seahorses and will add a lot of color and interest to your aquarium while you are stuck at home anyway.

    If you follow the link below, it will take you to the right page on the Ocean Rider website to place an order for the banded pipefish, guys:

    If you want more information on the care and feeding, breeding habits, and aquarium requirements of the pipefish, just let me know, and I can provide you with lots more info and any additional details you desire. You can always reach me by e-mail at the following address:

    [email protected]

    Best wishes with all your fishes, everybody! Stay safe and stay healthy!

    Happy Trails!
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support


    How big are they usually?

    Pete Giwojna

    Dear Eric:

    A size of 3-5 inches is typical for young specimens, but they will continue to grow all of their lives, and can reach 8 inches in length when they are fully grown.

    Unlike seahorses, the pipefish are active swimmers that spend much of their time darting through the water column, so they add a lot of activity and interest to a seahorse tank.

    Best wishes with all your fishes, Eric!

    Happy Trails!
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

    Daniel Nadal

    Is there any way to sex them? I would love a female

    Pete Giwojna

    Dear Daniel:

    Unfortunately, sir, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus pipefish cannot be sexed easily or reliably.

    For hobbyists who intend to breed the red banded pipefish (which are live bearers like the seahorses), it is customary to order several juveniles and keep them together in the same aquarium until one or more pairs emerge. That’s necessary because it is impossible to accurately sex the pipefish when they’re juveniles, and very difficult to determine gender in even the adult pipefish when the males are not actively breeding and carrying eggs.

    If you would like more information about the pipefish, Daniel, including their mating habits and recommendations for breeding and raising them, just send me a brief e-mail to that effect at the following address, and I will be very happy to accommodate you:

    [email protected]

    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

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