FAMILY - Syngnathidac SCIENTIFIC NAME - Doryrhamphus excisus COMMON NAME - Bluestripe pipefish SIZE - 3" (7 cm) RANGE - Indonesia, Red Sea MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 30 US Gal. (113 L) CARE LEVEL - Difficult TEMPERAMENT - Peaceful FOODS AND FEEDING - Vitamin enriched live brine shrimp, live or frozen mysid shrimp, feed several times a day. They may refuse to eat frozen food so a mature reef system to provide pods is a must. AQUARIUM SUITABILITY - 4 REEF COMPATIBILITY - Do not keep with corals or anemones that have potent stinging tentacles. CAPTIVE CARE - Provide suitable shelter sites, overhangs or caves, keep with nonaggressive tankmates, typically will feed on live food only, switch to frozen mysid shrimp once acclimated, as an alternative feed live brine shrimp that have been vitamin enriched. Should be in pairs or in a small groups, but with only one male per tank. It is hard to tell the different between males and females, but males are generally flatter than the females. They prefer a mature reef system with lots of rock.