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waterfaller1 07/05/2007 06:52 PM

Not to be rude..but yeah I knew that. So, I'll call it my nitrate reducer with extra pods. :D The pods do make it to the this toothpick size pipefish is of no concern to me.;)

masterswimmer 07/05/2007 11:21 PM

Not rude at all. Just trying to be informative. Someone who does something like that and still calls it a fuge can't be guaranteed to know that it defeats the purpose.

waterfaller1 07/06/2007 10:56 AM

I keep my little dragonface pipefish in there, keep NO3 & PO4 at 0, keep an African Bluestripe, a scooter dragonet, and have for years. I would'nt call it 'defeating it's purpose'. Call it what you want, it's working for me;) :)

Bebo77 07/06/2007 10:59 AM


there is my little guy....

Brock Fluharty 07/06/2007 11:25 AM

Bebo, where'd you get him?

mr294 12/12/2007 12:54 AM


Bringing this thread back from the dead :D

philter4 12/12/2007 10:12 PM

Here is my male redstripe sorry for the quality of the photo, I'm not very good. I have him and a pair in my other tank
and here is another

waterfaller1 12/13/2007 06:12 AM

Cool...I've never seen a redstripe, what can you tell us about him?

philter4 12/13/2007 02:52 PM

They are hawaiian endemics, I've seen lots of them, but they are really shy. That is the main reason I don't have two prs, I couldn't catch the female of the second pr. Mine eat all sorts of frozen foods and the pr in my reef also have a steady supply of sm live foods available. The single male is in my fish tank and he holds his own fine. They are parasite pickers like the bluestripe but they get 7 or 8 inches. I've never seen mine do this, but all books say they do. The scientific name is Doryrhamphus baldwini. They live in the same habitat as bluestripe, but usually deeper and they get much bigger, in my reef I also have a pr of bluestripes that I collected last oct. I've had them for more then a year. They must be common in the correct habitat because every dive I've looked for them I have seen them, the bluestripes I've only seen a few times. My pair breeds every 6-8 weeks, and the fry hatch, every once in a while I find a larger juv swimming around, but I don't have the space to seperate or raise the fry, maybe in the future.

waterfaller1 12/13/2007 03:17 PM

Oh that is so cool. Your location says Fl, but you are talking about diving in Hawaii? I thought bluestripes were from Africa? I added a gorgeous male bluestripe just the other week. My old eyes are getting bad, because I could have sworn my other was a female. They begain to fight right away, the new one winning. So I gave my other one away to a friend.
That is sweet that you can get them to eat frozen. That's what I like about the bluestripes, they will take prepared food.
Thanks for sharing.:)

philter4 12/13/2007 03:23 PM

I spend 1-1.5 months collecting in hawaii every year. The bluestripes are found all over the pacific even along the tropical coast of mexico down to at least panama. The best colored ones come from africa, hawaii has a dull blue and farther east they tend to lose the blue color, but they are still the same sp, Doryrhamphus excisus.

jg2269jg 12/14/2007 04:14 PM

what kind of pipe is the one mr294 has that is such a nice pipefish thanks in advance

rama 12/16/2007 01:28 PM

That redstripe is really cool seems like a very interesting species.

mollymonticello 12/19/2007 08:30 PM

Thanks for sharing that info about the red striped pipefish. I'm going to go on right now to look at it. I love Doryrhamphus pipes!

Oh, and here's my little pipe, he is a blue stripe D. excisus


mysterybox 12/20/2007 07:46 PM

my dragonface pipefish in my reeftank!





shilo_1 12/30/2007 05:43 PM

Here are some pics of mine...


philter4 12/30/2007 11:57 PM

Here are the bluestripes I collected in Oct of 06
Not as bright blue as the african ones, but I like them.

toastii_reef 01/01/2008 05:38 PM

wow all these are really making me want to set up a whole nother tank for a pair of these guys

but.... my parents would never have it

Amadeusb12 01/06/2008 11:49 PM

My pipes




FishboyBT 01/11/2008 08:09 PM

What can't you keep these guys with? I thought they had similar requiriments as seashorses.

danfrith 01/11/2008 10:34 PM

I think its a common misconception that these need to be kept in their own species aquarium.

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