General information on Janss Pipefish
The Janss’ Pipefish is a species of reef pipefish, also known as flagtail pipefish. It is a more powerful swimmer than its seahorse counterparts and is rarely in contact with the substrate directly. In the wild the Janss’s Pipefish is often found floating in rocky overhangs, corals or near the reef’s floor habitat, where it plays the job of cleaning fish. It eats parasites and dead tissue of cardinalfish and damsels. The Janss’ Pipefish can also be able to clean other kinds of fish in aquariums. The Janss’ Pipefish is an extremely long, slim body, with an elongated tubular mouth, and an oval tail that resembles a flag. The body color is orange, while the head and the front portion of the body are blue. Tail is black, with a an white border and a dot in the middle. After a lengthy courtship dance in which the female attaches her eggs that are adhesive to the flat surface beneath the trunk of male. The pair can be seen regularly mating in an aquarium if they are well-fed. 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. This species of social fish is best kept in or in groupings of its own in a large or medium aquarium. It can be kept in conjunction with shy, small fish like tiny seahorses, gobies, dragonets and firefish. The aggressive, territorial, or fast-moving fish don’t make great friends. Pipefish are not good with corals and anemones with tentacles that sting, or corals that can be large enough to devour them. Pipefish are also harmed by invertebrates like large shrimp and crabs.