Seahorses in a Reeftank???

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  1. Ruberto Frazao

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    I have seen some videos on the net of people keeping the bigger Kuda Seahorses in their fully stocked reeftank with fish and corals...

    Now the question is do you guys think its possible to add one to a mature running tank full of life for it to pick on??
     
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    The answer is nope.
    I have kept and bred with a a number of ponies and take loads of advice from @Seahorse.
    Ponies require very different flow, feeding and husbandry requirements to a reef tank.
     
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    Ok but i have seen people keeping them in a full reef tank... remember around the rocks moving around they should find a spot that suits them best??
     
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    Problem is also food and temperament.
    You may see videos or pictures of people keeping a seahorse in a reef tank as in
    "Hey guys, look what I just added to my tank".

    As the same guys to post a picture of the pony a year later.... :whistling::whistling::whistling:

    Ponies are slow eaters that hunt and stalk their prey.
    They generally only eat live food and thus a Mandarin, wrasse and other fish will compete for the same food.
    The are also very shy and easily intimidated by more aggressive tank mates.
     
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    @Quintin thanks for the info... is there anyone on this forum that has ever had a pony in their reeftank?? Would like to know...
     
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    there are a lot of corals that will be harmful to ponies. Also taking into account that they are not strong swimmers and SPS tanks needs loads of flow, that already is an indication that they do not go together. Yes, there are pygmy ponies that host in corals. But not SPS as far as I know. Frogspawns and anemones with long sweeping tentacles will surely one day burn the ponie. Most likely end up as a snack for the anemone. Rather have a dedicated system for their requirements. Most comes out of lagoons and in places with plenty grasses and other macro algae that they can hold onto without being harmed.
     
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    Also just to add, aiptasia is deadly for the ponies. Also the pony might try and hitch on a powerhead (which you will have in a reef system) and that will kill him. Are you planning to have hitching posts for it? I also did alot of research and came to the conclution that sucfh fragile things should rather have a dedicated tank or remain in the ocean. Just my 2c worth
     
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    Pipefish yes, seahorses no.
     
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    Ok Guys thanks for the info... the seahorse in that link looks extremely happy..
     
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    As mentioned above, they don't do well with corals that sting, higher temps and fishes that can outcompete them for you.

    They can handle flow as long as you give them area of low, med and high flow rates. Normally recommended that you have between 10 to 15 times the tank's volume.

    The other thing you need to consider is the seahorse can damage or stripe the coral by constantly hitching on it.

    Kind Regards,

    Tim
     
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