Sea Horses

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Neil H, 13 May 2009.

  1. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Gents, a general question here .....


    I know that sea horses should / generally are kept in tanks by themselves..... why is this ? Is is an agression thing by fish etc?? is it a food thing????
     
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    well its because they are very timid and slow swimmers, and also food, they require live food and most fish will eat it before the ponies can.

    there are some fish u can keep with them, like pipe fish etc that have the same issues
     
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    thanks boet !
     
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    Hey Neil, im sorry but I dont know much about Seahorses, although I have seen Marco keep Seahorses with a Gem tang.
     
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    Hey Neil. The only other problem or challenge with keeping these (absolutely stunning by the way) creatures, is that you can't have a 60 time water turnaround in your tank!!! They require very slow moving water, making the tank very difficult to keep from being overrun by algae etc.

    I am planning to have a small cube next to my main display end of next year or so, where my "pony" tank will be fed with water from the main supply, thus havin access to the DSB, Skimmer and all the other filtration methods. Other than that, i don't think one can keep a pony in any other way... IMHO... ;)
     
  7. Warr7207

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    Contact JacquesB, he has a Pony setup
     
  8. Anemone

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    Most seahorses can be trained to take frozen food. I am in the process of training approximately 400 Reidi that are between five and seven weeks old to take frozen mysis.

    Dwarf seahorses will not take the frozen food. Hatching Brine shrimp is the easiest to provide.
     
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    Neil H Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks everyone
     
  10. ben lloyd

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    Neil are you thinking of starting a pony tank? hope so then we can start it together.
     
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    Neil H Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am toying with the idea..... got 2 tanks in the house already, but with the sumps, my missus says that is 4...... so got some convincing to do at this stage
     
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    Me to! they just don't get it!!!!!!
    i want to start a pony tank.But i don't know much about it .
     
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    Seahorse.org is a great place to start
     
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    Thanks Anemone i'll :googlenub:
     
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    Hi Guys

    I have now kept seahorses for about 2 years now, these aminals have special requirements. It is not as easy as its made out to be and I would really reconcider keeping them.

    As Jaco stated, they need a tank with very little flow (which causes many problems) and good water condition, and unless you can connect it to an existing system which can "condition" the water, stop right here!

    Feeding is the next main issue, you can get them to feed on frozen mysis, but this take time and effort, By hand feeding each one at lease twice a day!

    I personally would NOT recommend keeping these animals as they are complex and sensitive. They are best left in the wild!

    If you require some advise, please feel free to PM me

    oh, and to answer your Q, they should be kept alone, but if need be could be kept with a gobie or blenny, depending on spieces.
     
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    Are tank raised seahorses not available in SA?

    I do not recommend keeping wild caught seahorses, for many many reasons. There are still special requirements with the tank raised. I don't see it as being extremely difficult if you have the knowledge, equipment ,and are willing to keep up with their care. As with any creature, please research their requirements before purchasing.
     
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    Unfortunately not Anemone.

    Mine did breed, but unfortunately I couldn't raise the fry past the 3 week mark, tried everything imaginable.

    Another thing it the diseases which seahorses face, like Gas Bubble Disease, which means you can't use a skimmer directly on the tank...

    I would really not advise keeping these animals!
     
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    That is unfortunate!!!!

    Raising fry is tough and takes a lot of time. I have raised a few, but have had many many losses. I keep trying. I'm getting better at it. My latest batch is by far my best.
     
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