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Enneacampus ansorgii - African Freshwater PipefishMagyarul / Hungarian
Enneacampus ansorgii - African Freshwater PipefishEnneacampus ansorgii - African Freshwater PipefishEnneacampus ansorgii - African Freshwater Pipefish
  • Scientific name: Enneacampus ansorgii
  • Synonyms: Syngnathus pulchellus, Syngnathus ansorgii
  • Common name: African Freshwater Pipefish
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: Africa; In fresh and brackish water in Western Africa.
  • Size: 12-15 cm
  • Biotope: The Ogooue River of Gabon, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea
  • Social behavior: This delicate species must be combined only with other calm species that will not compete for food. Like all pipefish, this species forms a patriarchal family.
  • Diet: Live, Cyclops, fish fry, worms
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 120 litres
  • Population: 4-5 fishes for 120 litres
  • Decoration: The tank should have a sand, preferably coral sand, substrate and be in a location that receives morning sun. Plant the tank heavily with plants that can tolerate the slightly brackish water conditions. A 0.5% addition of salt is recommended.
  • Temperature: 24-28 °C
  • pH: 7-8
  • Hardness: 10-25 NK°
  • Lifespan: 10 years

Description: An elongated, snake-like species having a body encased in a series of bony rings. There are no pelvic fins present, and the anal fin is very small. The mouth is small and tube-shaped. The dorsal fin is located far back on the body. The caudal fin is small and fan-shaped. The back is dark brown and the flanks are light brown. The belly region is blood red in color. The body may be marked with small, irregular yellow spots. The male has a stomach ridge that becomes a breeding pouch during spawning season. The female spawns above the the males brooding pouch. The eggs stick to his anal opening are covered by two lateral folds which form the sac. The eggs remain in the male's pouch for several months.