General information regarding Bluestripe Pipefish
The Bluestripe Pipefish is the smallest of the reef pipefishes that are available within the hobby of aquariums. It is a long, slim body, with a small, tubular mouth, and a tail that resembles a flag. This body’s coloration is orange and has blue stripes on each side that runs from the snout to the tail. The tail is red to maroon with extremely variable yellow, orange as well as white marks. This species should be kept in pairs of mates or harems consisting of two males and several females, in an aquarium of 30 gallons or greater. Males are territorial and won’t accept the presence of others. If you want to add several bluestripe pipefish in the tank, it is advised to add them simultaneously. After a lengthy courtship dance, females will attach their eggs onto the concave space that is located on the bottom of the male’s body. Couples will often mate in an aquarium if it is fed well. It’s difficult to tell the gender, however mature males usually have a flattened look due to the brood patches and females tend to be more round. Utilizing magnifying glasses, opaque papillae may be observed at the top of the noses of mature males. It can be kept with smaller, timid fish like tiny seahorses, gobies, dragonets, and firefish. Aggressive, territorial, or swift-moving fish do not make great partners. Pipefish can be injured by corals and anemones with tentacles that sting, or corals large enough to eat them like brain corals. They are also harmed by invertebrates, such as crabs as well as large shrimp. The pipefish spend the majority of their daylight hours swimming vertically against pipes or upside-down beneath a ledge of rock. Between dawn and dusk, they may be seen in the open looking for food.