Sea Horses?

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  1. deang

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    Hi,
    Anyone know where I can buy Sea Horses in Jhb region?
    Any idea of costs?
    Cheers
    Dean
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    they normall yin the region of R400-R500, but i do recommend u have a well established setup specifically for them, as they are very difficult to keep healthy.

    can u tell what u plan to keep them with and the setup?
     
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    hi there

    Sterlig has got they have been there for a week or two. I think the cost about R 550 each.
     
  5. deang

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    Looking at keeping in a Sea Horse (species) only tank.
     
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    @deang, i would recomend running the tank for a few weeks with a fish or 2 to make sure everything has cycled, then add very high quality LR to add in pod growth, then remove the fish and add the ponies, also setup a brine shrimp hatchery for live food etc
     
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    hello dean,
    glad to see you start your own thread on sea horses. As i havent welcomed you yet, let me take the chance to say hello and welcome to MASA.

    tell us a little about yourself and experience with marines? what sort of tank do you have or want?

    sea horses do demand advanced care and a species only tank is a good idea, have you researched them much?

    welcome to masa and happy postings
     
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    Welcome Dean, good luck at keeping them , they are a challenge.

    As everyone sayd, please do a lot of research before adding them to a tank
     
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    Welcome. I also saw some at VIP over the weekend. They don't like a lot of flow and you need to give them things to hook their tails around
     
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    Welcome deang.

    I would strongly advise you to re-think about keeping seahorses, they are EXTREAMLY dificult to keep, They require SPECIAL diets as they don't just survive on frozen foods and flakes!

    They require special setups which have thier own unique problems.

    I recently lost my last Seahorse about 2 weeks ago, And its heart breaking when these creatures die..........

    If you are serious about them, then go and research them before you buy them, so you know what you getting your self in for when they start getting sick, which they WILL.

    I know I'm sounding like a #%#^##%^%^, but I'm only doing this because I KNOW whats involved in it and its saddens me to think how these creature will fade away in our tanks!

    Ask those who have kept them before, they will tell similar stories.

    M2C
     
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    Until tank raised seahorses become available in SA, I don't recommend purchase. It is extremely difficult to keep a wild caught seahorse alive. Those that are able to, often have to train them onto frozen food, or keep a steady supply of live food available. Neither is easy to do. A diet of brine shrimp alone is not a sufficient diet for adult seahorses. Don't underestimate how much a seahorse can eat. They eat A LOT!!!!! They also need to be fed 2 - 3 times a day at a minimum.
     
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    With the exception of the Dwarf Seahorse (H. zosterae) which I do not believe is available in SA.
     
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