Discussion in 'New Members' started by Halfmoon, 28 Feb 2010.
Im planning on starting a Seahorse tank and would like any help i can get.
Thanks in advance
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Welcome to MASA, glad you joined us. Do you have experience in keeping other marines? If not, please read the link in my signature for some great info on how to start a marine tank.
Lanzo from Dorry Pets, one of our sponsors, has a seahorse tank - talk to him - look in the sponsor forums - you'll find his info there
Hi Halfmoon, and WELCOME to MASA
If you want to keep seahorses, you first need to keep and grow their food. Do some research on Artemia, Rotifers and Phytoplankton. It's quite challenging to grow their food non-stop for many years, and the chances are slim that you will be successful without live food - so make sure that you can do this before you buy any horses.
hi and welcome
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A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Halfmoon. Great to have on-board!
I agree - it is fantastic to have a sea-horse tank. BUT..... Been there - done that... not sure I would try anytime soon.
Sea-horses generically are VERY VERY difficult to keep alive. And believe me - it really takes some special skill to keep them longer than a year.
Firstly - they only survive on LIFE foods. The chances that you would get them to eat frozen food is extremely small....
IF you are lucky enough to be able to get your sea horses onto frozen food (mysis/mysid is the most popular) - the amount of mysis/mysid that you have to feed is so great - that you will have to ensure that you do more than your share of water changes. As you cannot have huge water flow, and really decent filtration in the tank itself - so - you will have to have a decent down-pipe/overflow system, which is directly linked to a huge skimmer.....
ANY types of pumps inside the sea-horse tank, would nearly be a guaranteed death of the poor sea horses.... as they are bound to end up either inside the pumps, or being killed by being sucked into the intake of the pumps....
I hope that I have now given you enough information that you can either reconsider, or that you say: "I am really up to this".... and then ensure that you go for this PT...
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Welcome, do your research on Horses, they need a lot of care...
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Thanks you guys. i have done alot of research on seahorses and have heard countless times that they are a MISSION to keep or that it is VERY difficult. Some have even gone so far as to say that it is near IMPOSSIBLE to keep them. I love a good challenge and i am so used to FWT's ( fresh water tropicals ) as i have kept and successfully bred many of them ( parrots, angels, knives, Oscars, multiple kinds of tetra...etc.) and want a new challengeand marines is apparently the next step. I have also always wanted to keep seahorses as they are of great intrest to me. I am also open to advice and constructive criticisim and hope that i will learn alot from all of you.
Welcome to MASA!!
Seeing that you haven't got any experience in marines, I would say that you first set up a tank with easy to keep fish and corals and so learn the hobby. You first need to get a bit of experience with regards to water parameters, testing of water, chemistry, fitration, nitrogen cycle, etc etc.
It is also a task on it's own to culture the live food for the horses and might be a challenge if you have no experience.
Only after you know marines and have experience with this, then I would say you can give seahorses a shot.
I've been keeping marines for about 4-5 years and I won't even try seahorses as they are very difficlut to keep and I don't want the seahorses to suffer and die.
That's my advice to you, you first need to crawl before you walk
Thanks for the advice tobes. Not to seem "know-it-all" but i am well versed in the nitrogen cycle, testing of water, filtration,etc. i have also been culturing all sorts of live foods when i was breeding my FWT's and FWC's ( zooplankton, phytoplankton for the infusoria, copes for my adolescent siamese fighters etc). But i will take your advice on getting "easier" species first.
Been breeding all kinds of fish for over 6 years now.
For the record, I have kept/bred just about every tropical in the book over the past 30 or so years, and I STILL struggled with marines when I first started - I'm not trying to put you off, but you MUST realize that keeping marines is a whole new ball game...
Having said that, IF you have done your homework, and IF you have the correct system set up for see ponies, and IF you have the correct live food system set up and running successfully - than by all means go for it...
After about 11 years of keeping marines, and after having bred and reared thousands of clown fish, I still have not considered my setup adequate for keeping sea horses alive long term...
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