Seahorse tank??

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  1. MonzZz7

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    Hello,
    I am new to the marine world and need some advice.
    Is it possible to have a seahorse tank?
    I have always fancied them and would love to have some of my own.
    What exactly would I need? At the moment I don't have anything but an idea.
    Really need some help

    Thank you
     
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  3. Midnight Reefer

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    Seahorses are delicate with many complex issues involved. Yes you can keep them but it's not like keeping a clownfish. the gurus will fill you in!
     
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    Welcome to MASA @MonzZz7, as @Midnight Reefer mentioned... They are extremely delicate wil a lot of issues that normal marine fish dont have...
    They are a lot more prone to get weird illnesses, & the most difficult part is that you have to start them off with live foods (mostly brine shrimp), & slowly train them to eat frozen mysis shrimp.
    Also, you need to be home every day to feed them with frozen foods. (You cant skip a day).
    They really are stunning creatures, but I would advise against keeping them without any prior marinekeeping experience.
    You should rather start off with some of the easier marine fishes, & learn how to keep them healthy, & maybe after a year or so, you can convert your tank to seahorses.
    Seahorses are classified to be kept by "expert only reefkeepers".
     
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  5. MonzZz7

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    @Visser.. My boyfriend has a marine tank so i know more or less what goes on but i don't have a tank of my own. He has had his tank for over a year or two now. He recommended MASA to me.:thumbup:

    I am thinking of getting a tank of my own but im looking into getting a tank that is different from others.
     
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    I would advise against keeping Seahorses. As wonderful as they are they need constant care, if not they starve to death. You need live food all the time (and that food has to be nutrient full). They need a special tank with not too much current, it is not a good idea to keep other fish with them (apart from maybe pipe fish and mandarin fish) because the food gets eaten, they are very slow eaters. We bred them years ago and stopped due to the fact that we heard that potential buyers were told they only live about a year, that is because they were starved to death. There are so many more wonderful fish to keep, that are much more hardy. Cheers Anita
     
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    @Anita.. Thank you for the advice.

    What other fish could i keep that are easier than seahorses but are different from the rest?
     
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    There are so many good fish to keep, Goldies, coris gaimard, coris formosa, sailfin tangs are all great fish to keep but as with all species, you must ensure a good system to be able to support these fish. You can get some stunning clown fish with an anemone, they look good in a tank and may even start laying eggs. Cheers Anita
     
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    You'll find amazing Inverts in marine life which are very unique
    Like Harlequin Shrimps, my personal favourite,
    they are easier than seahorse but still need good water condition and constant supply of starfish,
    Pipefishes are very cool and they have very similar requirements as seahorses,
    Yashi gobi & pistol shrimp pair, amazing combination,
    Harlequin Filefish,
    Mandarins,
    Decorative crabs,
    Anemone crabs,

    I'm setting up an invert tank soon to keep whichever of these awesome creatures that i can lay my hands on!
     
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    Theres more to marines than just fish.
    So many interesting inverts that often get over looked
     
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    Stomapod aka mantis shrimp tank now that would be awesome...
     
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    I personally dont have much experience. Just learning about all this for marine making me toooo excited to start up a tank!!

    All the fish and inverts mentioned are out of this world!! I have never seen such amazing animals before!!

    Those are the kind of fish and inverts i would get!! Do you any of you have exotic fish that not many people have?
     
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    The more exotic/rare the more expensive the fish/coral is...
     
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    And often the more difficult to keep
     
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    And probably more harder to find?
     
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    Not impossible to find.
     
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    yes i have a tiger pistol shrimp and goby pair, and various inverts that are far more fun than my fish
     
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    What type of goby is one of the best ones for an aquarium?
     
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    You could consider looking at the various tankmates that can be kept with seahorses and set a tank up with some of the easier ones to keep while researching husbandry of seahorses. Look at the seahorse sections and breeding sections on SARK and MASA as well as join seahorse.org which will be your best source of information.
    There are some species of seahorses that are easier to keep than others, captive bred are usually easier to keep than wild caught and pen or net raised seahorses. They are already trained to eat frozen foods as well. When the time comes try to buy captive bred from those bred in South Africa or trying to successfully breed in South Africa as they are in the country already and have not had the transportation stress and suffering from lack of food like the imported ones, so should be in better condition. After getting experience with easier to keep fish and invertebrates you can start looking. You should try to get easy to keep captive bred species such as H. erectus. If you look through the forums you will see which posters had success and have experience and then can look through their old posts to help you see what to expect.
     
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    Steve.. do you have a seahorse tank of your own?
     
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