Pipe fish have a similar shaped head and snout to the seahorse. Their mouths are small, narrow and toothless and create a vacuum to suck tiny crustaceans in. Their bodies look quite different to that of the seahorse though. Pipe fish have slender, straight, bodies which are able to camouflage well with sea grasses and weeds. Their long, rigid bodies look like they have armor plating around them which protects them from predators.
Pipe fish are your aquarium’s entertainer
If you have any vertical plants in your aquarium, pipe fish are experts at blending in and mimicking their environment so you can expect to see them adopting a more vertical position with their head down, in attempt to creep up on their prey. You may also see your pipe fish moving quickly in a horizontal bullet like manner when they spot prey that they are hoping to catch. Because of this behaviour Pipe fish can be very entertaining to watch, especially when you have a pair.
What to know about feeding aquarium fish
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.