Yellow Multibanded Pipefish


The Yellow Multibanded Pipefish is also referred to as the Multibar Pipefish, Many-bands Pipefish, and the Yellow Banded Pipefish. It is a long sleek fish, with a body shape similar to that of an eel. It has vertical thin black and yellow stripes running the length of the body, with an elongated yellow/orange mouth. The oval-shaped tail is a striking red with a yellow patch in the center.

The Yellow Multibanded Pipefish is difficult to keep in an aquarium and should be kept with other pipefish and seahorses in a separate species-only aquarium that is 30 gallons or larger with multiple caves and overhangs. It will not harm ornamental invertebrates in a reef setting. DO NOT HOUSE it with invertebrates with stinging tentacles (most corals and anemones), because they can harm it. The Multibanded Pipefish reacts poorly when harassed by other more aggressive fish such as blennies, wrasses, tobies, triggerfish, and porcupinefish.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The diet should consist of small live invertebrates such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, baby guppies, ghost shrimp, mosquito larva, and daphnia. If the Multibanded Pipefish will eat them, frozen mysis shrimp provide good nutrition. It needs to be fed at least three times per day, and is a very slow eater because of its tiny tubular mouth.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Expert Only
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 7"
Color Form: Red, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Syngnathidae

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