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Doryichthys boaja (Long-Snouted Pipe Fish)
Doryichthys are worm-like fish strongly associated with areas of dense vegetation. There are several species recognised, but distinguishing between them is hard. Doryichthys boaja is the largest and probably the most commonly traded, but others do get imported from time to time.
Males can be recognised by their pouch; like seahorses, it is male pipefish that carry the eggs around until they hatch.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Maintaining Doryichthys successfully is extremely hard, the problem being that they accept nothing other than small live foods. Combinations of bloodworms, daphnia and brine shrimp work best, offered in considerable quantities. The aquarium is best filtered using a sponge filter so that live food can be left in the tank for as long as required. Because pipefish feed so slowly, no other fish should be kept in the tank except for the pipefish themselves.
|Size||Up to 40 cm; 25 cm typical|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
|Care Level||Expert only|