Quality Marine announced the arrival of yet another new aquacultured species: the Bluestripe Pipefish (Doryrhamphus excisus). Their unique appearance and useful predatory habits, combined with a vibrant blue and orange coloration has made them a popular aquarium species, especially for seahorse and low nutrient SPS aquariums.
“At Quality Marine, we believe strongly that aquaculture and short supply chains are essential for the long term viability of our trade and for the health of our oceans, making this successful captive breeding all the more important,” the company said in a release.
In the wild, Bluestripe Pipefish inhabit rocky crevices in lagoons and reefs of depth from 2 to 45 meters all throughout the waters of the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific. They feed primarily on planktonic organisms and small crustaceans. Much like seahorses, Bluestripe Pipefish are ovoviviparous, meaning the males carry the eggs in a brood pouch, which is found under their tail.
In aquariums, pipefish make excellent tank mates for seahorses, dragonets and other peaceful, slow moving species. Bluestripe Pipefish are one of the hardiest pipefish, and choosing aquacultured specimens increases your chance of success even more. Cultured pipefish are raised on prepared, often frozen meaty foods, eliminating the old requirement of offering live foods for successful husbandry.
“Their exceptionally small mouths will require you to feed nutrient dense items with a smaller size, like Nutramar Ova,” the company said.
Doryrhampus are extremely unlikely to be a problem with your corals and other inverts, however, they are plodding swimmers and somewhat small, so they could easily become a meal for anemones and aggressive corals.
“Culturing anything takes time and resources, and continued industry support is the only way that these facilities will continue to grow, become more efficient and offer even wider varieties of specimens,” the company said. “Quality Marine has supported these aquaculture efforts for decades now, and will continue to offer the best and widest variety of aquacultured specimens anywhere. We are very proud to now offer the Bluestripe Pipefish to our ever growing list of captive bred species.”