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Doryichthys martensii Malayan Freshwater Pipe Fish

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  • #301943

    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

    #346682

    Matt
    Keymaster

    The max-recorded standard length appears to be 15 cm?

    #346690

    oaken
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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.

    #346735

    speedy
    Member

    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

    #346737

    Colin
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    Hi Marion

    good to see you here – hope to see more of your great pics

    #346741

    BigTom
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    Well I’m drooling. One day, one day!

    #346744

    lloyd
    Participant

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

    #346754

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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.

    #346756

    speedy
    Member

    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.

    #346757

    speedy
    Member

    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 /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    #346760

    lloyd
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    ok thanks for that advice. as responce to pm i think il pass as i live in england

    #346761

    Senor Bastardo
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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.

    #346772

    speedy
    Member

    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.

    #346773

    Matt
    Keymaster

    So cute.

    #346775

    speedy
    Member

    QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 11 2012, 11:45 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    So cute.

    I like the differnt variations of color (green type)

    (red type )

    (orange type )

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