Gulf Pipefish

(Syngnathus scovelli)

Pipefish are closely related to Shrimpfish, Seahorses and Dragonets. Pipefish should be added to aquariums with plenty of rockwork, caves, cracks and crevices and ledges large enough to hide in. Syngnathus Pipefish may not eat immediately try feeding live enriched adult Brine Shrimp. Over time they should begin to accept frozen Brine, Mysis and Krill fed at least two times daily. Pipefish are slow swimmers and require slow water movement. Any filtration intakes should be equipped with strainers. They will require peaceful tank mates as they are shy fish. Some Syngnathus Pipefish are cool water fish, research each species to ensure proper water temperatures are provided.

Gulf Pipefish are also sometimes known simply as the Scovell's Pipefish. Uncommonly seen in the aquarium trade. Gulf Pipefish are generally brown or olive green with silver to white vertical thick stripes along its sides that sometimes appear in a Y shape. Gulf Pipefish can grow to slightly more than 7".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 50 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

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