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Doryichthys martensii Malayan Freshwater Pipe Fish
January 1, 2012
1:12 am
lloyd
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Hi ive been thinking about buying one or a few Dorichthys martensii. Any information i can find on the net seems to contradict other info and im not 100% sure how to keep them. id really appreciate any info that people have on them especially if someone has already kept them succesfully.

The points that im unsure of are

:-The maximum size they reach. I have read they grow 20cm but i have also read that they grow only 12cm
:-The minimum size tank they require
:-Are they solitary or do the enjoy company

My main concern is there eventual size they can reach. I know that alot of info on the net say's they reach 20cm but i cannot find any thing to actually back that up and i cant find any one who has ever kept them at such a length.

I would really appreciate it if any body can shed any light on these fish

Thanks, Lloyd

January 2, 2012
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Matt
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The max-recorded standard length appears to be 15 cm?

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January 3, 2012
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I have kept some Doryichthys martensii (or at least I think they were) in the past. I would say the biggest were close to 15 cm. They were very picky about what they ate and I could only ever get them to eat Moina. They didn't seem to recognize newly hatched artemia as food, or even grindal worms. I would guess they would eat stuff like live mosquito larvae and other live foods of similar size, though. They didn't show any signs of aggression and I wouldn't say they need a big tank as they aren't the most active swimmers.

January 9, 2012
12:15 pm
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Hi Lloyd,

I keep and breed D. martensii successfully.
Here are two pics for comparison :

Female :

Male :

My biggest male is about 12 cm, the females are slightly smaller. ( 10 - 11 cm)
Some information about the tank:
- ) Best temperature is 23 - 24 ° C
- ) Without the addition of salt
- ) Regularly clean fresh water ( every week 20%)

The size of the tank... for one pair ?
I think 60 liters.

Best regards,
Marion

January 9, 2012
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Hi Marion

good to see you here - hope to see more of your great pics [Image Can Not Be Found]/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

especially the Bettas!!!!

January 9, 2012
4:36 pm
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Well I'm drooling. One day, one day!

January 9, 2012
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Thanks for that marion. How often do you feed them. I keep hearing that you have to feed them constantly all day long

January 10, 2012
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I would imagine in a mature, planted tank there'd be some microscopic food available at all times anyway?

Welcome on board by the way, speedy. [Image Can Not Be Found]/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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January 10, 2012
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QUOTE (lloyd @ Jan 9 2012, 09:04 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for that marion. How often do you feed them. I keep hearing that you have to feed them constantly all day long

Hi Lloyd,

I feed the adult pipefish 2 times per day, and the offspring 4 times. It's not difficult, the newly hatched pipefish eat immediately artemia nauplii.

January 10, 2012
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QUOTE (Colin @ Jan 9 2012, 02:40 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Marion

good to see you here - hope to see more of your great pics [Image Can Not Be Found]/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

especially the Bettas!!!!

Thank you very much for welcome, Matt & Colin ! [Image Can Not Be Found]/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 10, 2012
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ok thanks for that advice. as responce to pm i think il pass as i live in england

January 10, 2012
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QUOTE (speedy @ Jan 10 2012, 09:51 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I feed the adult pipefish 2 times per day, and the offspring 4 times. It's not difficult, the newly hatched pipefish eat immediately artemia nauplii.

What do you feed the adults with? I recently bought four Enneacampus ansorgi but unfortunately they were in such a bad state that none of them survived but I´ll give them a go some time again in the future. They relished glass worms and daphnia for the time they lived however.

January 11, 2012
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QUOTE (Senor Bastardo @ Jan 10 2012, 09:14 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
What do you feed the adults with? I recently bought four Enneacampus ansorgi but unfortunately they were in such a bad state that none of them survived but I´ll give them a go some time again in the future. They relished glass worms and daphnia for the time they lived however.

I feed black mosquito larvae, cyclops, artemia, small daphnia.

For Enneacampus ansorgii you should try : small freshwater shrimp, artemia, cyclops and white mosquito larvae.
It is better to keep them with no other fish, they eat very slowly. And they like a slight addition of salt - a teaspoon of salt per 10 liters of water.
They should be kept in groups of 10, they are very social.

January 11, 2012
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So cute. [Image Can Not Be Found]/wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> Do you breed these too?

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January 11, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 11 2012, 11:45 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
So cute. [Image Can Not Be Found]/wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> Do you breed these too?

Yes I do, they are very easy to breed and best for beginners.

I like the differnt variations of color (green type)

(red type )

(orange type )

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January 11, 2012
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very nice [Image Can Not Be Found]/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 18, 2012
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What kind of social interactions do E. campus display Speedy?

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