General information about Pipefish Banded Pipefish
The Banded Pipefish is a type of reef pipefish, also known as flagtail pipefish. This fish is a more powerful swimmer than seahorse relatives and seldom comes into contact with the substrate directly. In the wild, it is common to see it in the rocky areas of overhangs, corals, or in close proximity to the floor of its habitat on reefs. This Banded Pipefish has a long slim body, with an incredibly small tubular mouth and an oval tail that resembles a flag. The body is white, with dark red to black vertical rings running from the snout down to the tail. The tail is bright red, with white borders and dots in the middle. After a lavish courtship dance and a rousing dance, the female will fix her eggs with adhesives to the flat portion that is located on the bottom of the trunk of the male. Couples will often mate in mature reef aquariums if they are fed well. It’s difficult to tell the gender, however mature males usually appear flat due to the brood patches while females are more round. This species of social fish are best kept in pairs of mates or in groups of its own species in a large or medium-size tank. It is possible to keep it with shy, small fish like tiny seahorses, gobies, dragonets, and firefish. The aggressive, territorial, or swift-moving fish make ideal partners. Pipefish are harmed by corals and anemones with tentacles that sting or have enough size to devour brain corals. Pipefish may also be injured by invertebrates like large shrimp and crabs.