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The Dragon Face Pipefish (Corythoichthys haematopterus) is an intriguing and delicate marine species that adds an element of uniqueness to any aquarium. Here is some detailed information about them:


Average Size: Typically grows to around 6-7 inches (15-18 cm) in length.


Lifespan: Can live up to 5 years or more with proper care.



  • Slender, elongated body with a distinctive dragon-like appearance.

  • Exhibits beautiful color patterns, often featuring bands or spots of red, yellow, and brown.

  • Long snout used for picking small prey from rock crevices and coral branches.



  • Native to the Indo-Pacific region, commonly found in coral reefs and seagrass beds.



  • Generally peaceful and shy, preferring to stay close to the substrate or coral branches.

  • Best kept in pairs or small groups, as they are social creatures.

  • Slow swimmers that rely on their camouflage to avoid predators.


Tank Size:

  • Requires a moderately-sized aquarium. A tank of at least 30 gallons is recommended.


Care Level:

  • Challenging. They require stable water conditions, a well-established tank, and a diet of live or frozen small prey.

  • Reef-safe and do well in a peaceful community tank with non-aggressive tankmates.



  • Carnivorous. They primarily feed on small live foods such as copepods, brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp.

  • May require frequent feedings due to their fast metabolism and small prey size.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C)
  • Salinity: 1.023-1.025 SG
  • Hardness: 8-12 dKH



  • Provide plenty of live rock, coral branches, and seagrass for hiding and foraging.
  • Ensure the tank has gentle water flow and is free of aggressive tankmates.


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values or specific care requirements, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Dragon Face Pipefish

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