If you’ve ever wanted to see what spawning pipefish look like, Robertus has just produced this nice clear video of just that. It is somewhat of a little known fact that certain species of dwarf pipefish are excellent residents of small and large reef tanks. One of our personal favorites is the dragonface pipefish, Corythoichthys sp, which are at home even in very high flow reef tanks.
In this case, a pair of Jans’s pipefish, Doryrhamphus janssi, are caught in perfect frame spawning and aligning their ventral sides so that the female can lay the eggs on the stomach of the male. Dwarf pipefish are easy enough to pair up and spawn, now if someone could figure out an easy way to collect the newly hatched pipettes, we’d be that much closer to ticking off successful breeding of another cool group of fish.