Seahorse Setup

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  1. Galibore

    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    I am looking at setting up a sea horse aquarium with two or three H. Capensis. I am always striving to get a very natural setup with all my aquariums. But, my wife, whose setup this ultimately is, likes colour. I am not in favour of adding fake corals. And I know that corals and seahorses don't really go together. Another consideration is the fact that I know they need lots of stuff to grab onto.

    Do you guys have suggestions as to how I can achieve a middle ground here?
     
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    Try using Calurpa very natural and works as a anchor for the sea horses. In a small tank will help the filtration along. I have seen a tank done up with red sea weed and calurpa for sea horses it looked stunning, but was yrs ago on the net some where.
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Thanks Alan, I will look up red sea weed. Do you know where I can get some?

    I have red that H. Capensis is endangered and I can't keep them, so I will be looking for a different species.

    Another thing that I haven't thought of, I can also probably keep some Zoos in a pony setup. They don't require that much flow or light.
     
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    Thanks Fran!
     
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    with seahorse's please get ones that have been tank raise i say this because they are very hard to feed !
    tanked raise ones will take frozen food unless you are going to hatch your own food for them which needs to be on end less surply feeding 3-4 times a day !
    heres a pic of my two i had
    [​IMG]
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Hey Jono,

    Thanks for the heads up. But in general I only buy livestock that is eating. I usually ask the LFS to feed while I'm there.
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    I want to try and do a biotope but can't find nice examples of it.
     
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    For colour you can use some of the red macro algae, not too sure who has got, also Hill has got some blue Dictyota (spelling) which I think he prunes fairly regularly, that's also a nice strong macro algae.
     
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    Keep us posted as you start setting it up ! plz
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Will definately do that. But first need to finish my own setup first. And then will follow a bit of research.
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    BTW, what is the species in your pic above?
     
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    sorry i cant remember !
    but may be looking in to getting some more at some point want to upgrade reef tank first and then might use the 3 and half foot tank for them but will try to link the two tanks together !
    i had a little hex tank (around 20 gallon) which was a bit small ! they need spot on water all the time !
     
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    Galibore, what about gorgonia.
    I saw a tank with lots of gorgonias and sea-horses, the seahorses love it because they can hook their tales around the coral.
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Gorgonias are perfect. And it seems that alot of them require low light.
     
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    hey dude calurpa is your best bet but if a colony spawna or dies it can polute the tank . go for H.fuscus in my experience the easiest captive species
     
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    I used to have Viper but my Naso Tang chowed all of it and good riddance. I looked long and hard for a critter to devour that stuff. It was a real pain, even if it looked pretty. Started growing over everything.

    I even suspect that it was killing off my Chaeto (although I can't prove it). But since it is gone my chaeto has recovered and growing like crazy.
     
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    Galibore Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    I have in the mean time also discovered an awesome purple macro algae that looks great and grows very slowly. I added some to my pico and to my new nano.
     
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    i really think i am goiong to do a sea horse set up sadle and all but i want to do alot more reading this post helped alot
     
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    I saw on that list "all sponges". There are some very colourful sponges around which would look cool. In Reef Invertebrates there's a nice pic of a tank with lots of different colour algaes.
     
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