Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Marine Fish Forums > Seahorses & Pipefish
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 03/22/2012, 10:09 PM   #1
thelizardkin
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Portland Oregon
Posts: 427
Pipe fish in reef

Anyone else keep pipe fish in their reef I have a banded pipe in my tank and I know people who have dragon pipes do am I alone


thelizardkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/23/2012, 10:34 AM   #2
namxas
Things With Stings R Us!
 
namxas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Carson, CA
Posts: 5,087
Nope...flagfins do quite well in reef settings, as do DF's. IMHO, flagfins are much easier to keep, as they don't have small snouts like the DF's. Also, flagfins will often engage in grooming behaviors. I had a pair of Jann's for several years that would hang out their shingle when they were in the mood (a specialized swimming motion) and the other fish would line up to be groomed.


__________________
Greg

Current Tank Info: too many to describe, but i think the count is up to "lucky 13"!
namxas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/23/2012, 03:41 PM   #3
mrbncal
Registered Member
 
mrbncal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Redding
Posts: 682
I have a Blue Stripe in my reef and he does great. Keeps to a certain area and I can always find hin underneath the ledge. Then when the main lights go off he creeps out and explores.


mrbncal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/23/2012, 08:24 PM   #4
NatureNerd
Registered Member
 
NatureNerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 879
Almost two years now with my dragon-faced pipefish. SPS reef with a couple softies and a large LTA. The pipe will not eat anything I put in the tank but stays healthy and hunting. I have an old and well established tank.


__________________
Reef tanks since 1987.
Current tank: 75g SPS dominated reef tank set up in 1996
NatureNerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/23/2012, 11:46 PM   #5
dantdodge
Registered Member
 
dantdodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa
Posts: 307
I too have had a blue stripe about six months now, fat and happy. He was in a BB 40 for about five months with coral frags and has been in a 100 gal reef now for a month with 2 mp40 run about 50 percent on reef crest mode. Still fat and happy want to get him a female!


dantdodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/24/2012, 08:26 AM   #6
Coralreefin
Registered Member
 
Coralreefin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 45
I have a blue stripe in my reef with my mp10s for about 8 months and is doing great.


Coralreefin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/26/2012, 06:06 PM   #7
alex gonzales
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Ca.
Posts: 407
Will they get picked on by the other fish?,looked at as food?


alex gonzales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/29/2012, 09:59 PM   #8
dantdodge
Registered Member
 
dantdodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa
Posts: 307
I have mine with a fairy wrasse, possum wrasse, emperor, and majestic, He actually tries to clean the angel. None of them bother him or pay much attention to him.


dantdodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/2012, 04:56 AM   #9
Scridifer
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Cranham, Essex, England
Posts: 77
I have a blue stripe in a 40" reef set up with a pair of common clowns, a possum wrasse, three zebra dartfish, a psychaedelic mandarin, Wheelers prawn goby and a bi-colour blenny. None of the other fish bother him at all.

Chris


Scridifer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/2012, 03:47 PM   #10
Monkeyfish
Registered Member
 
Monkeyfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Long Island (NY)
Posts: 4,031
For those with pipefish in their reefs - What temp does the tank run?


__________________
Eric

Over the years I've learned enough to know that I know very little and have a lot more to learn.

Current Tank Info: Taking a break
Monkeyfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/2012, 04:34 PM   #11
dviper150
Registered Member
 
dviper150's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: elgin, IL
Posts: 2,791
The high flow in the reef tank doesn't bother the pipe fish? I wanted to keep one or 2 also in my 65 but was told that the high flow would be bad for them? I have 2 nano koralias. One 250gph and the other 425gph. And I also have 2 other koralias around 1000gph.


__________________
When in doubt, always have a way out.
dviper150 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/2012, 11:53 PM   #12
dantdodge
Registered Member
 
dantdodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa
Posts: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monkeyfish View Post
For those with pipefish in their reefs - What temp does the tank run?
I am running my tank at 78


dantdodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/2012, 11:56 PM   #13
dantdodge
Registered Member
 
dantdodge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa
Posts: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by dviper150 View Post
The high flow in the reef tank doesn't bother the pipe fish? I wanted to keep one or 2 also in my 65 but was told that the high flow would be bad for them? I have 2 nano koralias. One 250gph and the other 425gph. And I also have 2 other koralias around 1000gph.
maybe not for all pipes, but the blue stripe I have swims all over the place in the current. I keep my Mp40s at 50% reef crest. I think that is plenty of flow. Every once in a while I will do a wave and run for ten mins or so with 100% throttle.


dantdodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/11/2012, 07:57 PM   #14
Bela N
Registered Member
 
Bela N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbncal View Post
I have a Blue Stripe in my reef and he does great. Keeps to a certain area and I can always find hin underneath the ledge. Then when the main lights go off he creeps out and explores.
Ditto, mine does exactly the same. During the day under the same over hang then comes out & wonders around the tank during actinics only & after the lights go off.

When I first introduced 2 banded pipe fish, the Blue Stripe use to come out during the day and swims with them (schooling ??). The Blue Stipe no longer comes out during the day as the 2 Banded have started to constantly chase each other & fight (I think). See post at: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2156232

I should add the tank is well established & teeming with pods!


__________________
> this entomologist loves being bugged <

Current Tank Info: 142 gal mixed reef
Bela N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/11/2012, 08:21 PM   #15
Bela N
Registered Member
 
Bela N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by dviper150 View Post
The high flow in the reef tank doesn't bother the pipe fish? I wanted to keep one or 2 also in my 65 but was told that the high flow would be bad for them? I have 2 nano koralias. One 250gph and the other 425gph. And I also have 2 other koralias around 1000gph.
High flow does not appear to bother our 2 Banded & 1 Blue Stipe Pipe fish. We have 1X Tunze 6065 (1,717 gph), 2X Tunze 6055 (both set to low 396 gph), 1X Tunze 6025 (739 gph), 2 X Hydor Pic Evo 300 (300 gph), 1X Maxi-Jet 1200 (295 gph). BUT there are a lot of nooks and crannies. The tank is supper over stocked with corals & rock, see pic, so there are many dead spots with lots of places to rest.


Attached Images
File Type: jpg Beal 2012 02 19 m.jpg (56.0 KB, 176 views)
__________________
> this entomologist loves being bugged <

Current Tank Info: 142 gal mixed reef
Bela N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/11/2012, 08:26 PM   #16
Bela N
Registered Member
 
Bela N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monkeyfish View Post
For those with pipefish in their reefs - What temp does the tank run?
25.5 C or 77.9 F


__________________
> this entomologist loves being bugged <

Current Tank Info: 142 gal mixed reef
Bela N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/11/2012, 08:31 PM   #17
NatureNerd
Registered Member
 
NatureNerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 879
My DF pipefish is in a SPS reef with lots of flow but also lots of rock, caves, and hiding spots. No other fish ever pays any attention to it. Even my BT tang, who is aggresive with every other fish in the tank, completely ignores the pipe. I run my tank at 78-80 degrees.


__________________
Reef tanks since 1987.
Current tank: 75g SPS dominated reef tank set up in 1996
NatureNerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/12/2012, 02:54 PM   #18
mwilliams62
Registered Member
 
mwilliams62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,062
I have been wanting to put my Pipefish in the DT but always worried that my huge blenny would eat him. I have him in a make shift sump that I had to turn into a tank for him since it would not fit underneath my tank. I keep the water 79ish but not sure which pipefish he is got him in Galveston Texas waters.


mwilliams62 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/12/2012, 06:55 PM   #19
Charley Diesing
Registered Member
 
Charley Diesing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Austin Texas
Posts: 1,165
I've been thinking about adding a pipe fish to my 40 Breeder Right now its low flow 2x 6015's. They are on one side of the tank causing a circular motion around the tank, I have a fuge that contains about 10 Gallons and I plan on waiting 6-12 months until its well populated with pods.

My fish at the moment are...

1x Carpenters Flasher Wrasse(will he compete with pods)?
1x 1" Blue Hippo Tang

I also plan on adding some small Gobys. and maybe a Royal Gramma.

Can I pull it off?

Also what would you say are the easiest PipeFish?

Thanks alot

Charley


__________________
Have dominion over the fish of the sea

Current Tank Info: Currently Tankless: In the planning stage of next build.
Charley Diesing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/03/2012, 11:54 AM   #20
small alien
The fungus is among us.
 
small alien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Earth
Posts: 3,887
No easy pipefish. Bluestripe is your best bet.


__________________
This moment is all we have.

Current Tank Info: 75 mixed reef. F OSFF, Clingfish, M/F Leopards, M Mandy, Darwin Clown, Bullet Goby, Green Clown Goby, M/F Matted Files, Bluestripe Pipe, Tailspot Blenny, Canary Wrasse, Royal Gramma, Papua Toby Puffer, Snooty Maori Wrasse.
small alien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09/08/2016, 08:07 AM   #21
lifeoffaith
Registered Member
 
lifeoffaith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Grand Rapids MI area
Posts: 627
As far as feeding goes, how do they do? I know they'll pick at pods, but will they eat anything else?


lifeoffaith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09/08/2016, 09:15 AM   #22
Rhygar666
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifeoffaith View Post
As far as feeding goes, how do they do? I know they'll pick at pods, but will they eat anything else?
my janssi pipefish eat frozen cyclops, mysis and artemia as well as flakes and some other Stuff. Dunno abourt Other Pipefish

Gesendet von meinem SM-G800F mit Tapatalk


Rhygar666 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09/08/2016, 12:17 PM   #23
ThRoewer
Registered Member
 
ThRoewer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 7,768
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifeoffaith View Post
As far as feeding goes, how do they do? I know they'll pick at pods, but will they eat anything else?
My bluestripe pipefish are among the first out at feedings. I've never checked if they take flake food, but they go after pretty much everything frozen as long as they can suck it in.

Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk


__________________
Pairs: 4 percula, 3 P. kauderni, 3 D. excisus, 1 ea of P. diacanthus, S. splendidus, C. altivelis O. rosenblatti, D. janssi, S. yasha & a Gramma loreto trio
3 P. diacanthus. 2 C. starcki

Current Tank Info: 200 gal 4 tank system (40x28x24 + 40B + 40B sump tank + 20g refugium) + 30x18x18 mixed reef + 20g East Pacific biotop + 20g FW +...
ThRoewer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09/10/2016, 06:09 AM   #24
vlangel
Registered Member
 
vlangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,313
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charley Diesing View Post
I've been thinking about adding a pipe fish to my 40 Breeder Right now its low flow 2x 6015's. They are on one side of the tank causing a circular motion around the tank, I have a fuge that contains about 10 Gallons and I plan on waiting 6-12 months until its well populated with pods.

My fish at the moment are...

1x Carpenters Flasher Wrasse(will he compete with pods)?
1x 1" Blue Hippo Tang

I also plan on adding some small Gobys. and maybe a Royal Gramma.

Can I pull it off?

Also what would you say are the easiest PipeFish?

Thanks alot

Charley
I have a captive bred banded flagfin pipefish that came trained to eat mysis. I have had it for 2 years in a 36 gallon bowfront tank and it has been an easy fish to keep. It eats from a bowl.


vlangel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09/12/2016, 12:36 PM   #25
ThRoewer
Registered Member
 
ThRoewer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 7,768
I'm no longer convinced that you actually need to "train" Doryrhamphus species on Mysis. I had most going after them right from the start. At the most they needed to see other fish eat them.

I have at this point the following Doryrhamphus:
7 of D. excisus, Africa, 3 pairs, 1 male
2 of D. melanopleura, Indonesia, pair
1 of D. paulus, Nicaragua, male
2 of D. janssi, Indonesia, 2 males?

All take frozen Mysis from the water column. Some also pick them of the ground.


__________________
Pairs: 4 percula, 3 P. kauderni, 3 D. excisus, 1 ea of P. diacanthus, S. splendidus, C. altivelis O. rosenblatti, D. janssi, S. yasha & a Gramma loreto trio
3 P. diacanthus. 2 C. starcki

Current Tank Info: 200 gal 4 tank system (40x28x24 + 40B + 40B sump tank + 20g refugium) + 30x18x18 mixed reef + 20g East Pacific biotop + 20g FW +...
ThRoewer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:08 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.