1. Welcome to The Salty Box, a forum to discuss everything related to Marine & Reef Fish keeping in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in discussions with others.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon

    Dismiss Notice

Featured Looking to set up a seahorse aquarium

Discussion in 'Sea Horses' started by charlieey, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. charlieey

    charlieey Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2013
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi im looking to set up a seahorse aquarium and would be grateful for any advice on equipment or tips.
    Thankyou Thanks
     
  2. lauralouise90

    lauralouise90 Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oooo me too!

    My question is - how easy are they to keep?
     
  3. reefloat

    reefloat Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Likes Received:
    27
    first thing you need to do is read as much information as you can and a good place to start are the 6 stickies at the very beginning of the seahorse section here Sea Horses
     
  4. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    So having read the links and done some outside reading, what's the next step?

    I know you can't keep multiple types of seahorse together but are pipefish and sea dragons an option?
     
  5. reefloat

    reefloat Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Likes Received:
    27
    sea dragons are highly specialised, thats if you can even buy them
     
  6. reefloat

    reefloat Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Likes Received:
    27
    question - any experience with keeping marines?
     
  7. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah this won't be my first tank :) I'll scratch the dragons off the list then. Just wondered with them being related.
     
  8. mo_bhaiyat

    mo_bhaiyat Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2013
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    0
    First and last sea dragon I saw for sale was £4500. Dunno bot you but I would much rather have an amazing setup for that price instead of a single fish. What do sea horses feed on??
     
  9. adamandlucy86

    adamandlucy86 Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    1,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    im no expert but the survival rate of these in captivity are near enough impossible. one best left in the ocean imo
     
  10. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Will do. Where do I go from here then? I've got a 27x24x24 that I want to set up for them.
     
  11. TimC

    TimC Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2013
    Messages:
    496
    Likes Received:
    0
    [MENTION=18531]seahorsebreeder[/MENTION]
     
  12. reefloat

    reefloat Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,152
    Likes Received:
    27
    also simply seahorses [MENTION=12395]Nellie[/MENTION]
     
  13. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
  14. lucycat

    lucycat Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    744
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry that i hadn't got back to you but i have had 3 recent very close bereavements and have been ill myself.once you have set-up your tank and all you parameters are good then seahorses are not that hard to keep if you follow some simple rules,the main one is buy captive bred seahorses there are a few breeders in the UK now and it saves a lot of heart ache if you buy healthy specimens in the first place.Second feed at least 3 times a day ,seahorses only have a rudimentary gut and so their food passes though their systems quickly.3,seahorses are mucky little beggars and so good filtration is a must,they also require a tank with a lower temp and salinity then typical marines.4 ,try not to mix species as one species may carry a pathogen that another species may not be immune to also be care what corals you put in with them as stinging corals can harm them and they can harm some delicate ones themselves. If there is anything i can do to help or you have any questions just say
     
  15. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry to hear that. Hope your ok.

    I've been looking at both seahorse breeder and simply seahorses for stock. Looking at erectus to start I think.
    I work part time so 3 feeds a day should be easy to do.
    The tank I'm setting up has a sump and im looking at using kz products to keep the levels low with twice weekly water changes.
    Lower temp and salinity shouldn't be a problem.
    I'll be sticking to one type of horse, with fish like them I think they look better. I have been looking at bottom dwelling fish species to help keep the bottom cleaner and a variety of cuc to help out but not replace maintainance.
    I do like lps but types will be picked carefully to ensure no harm is caused to either party.
    I'm sure I'll have more questions closer to the time for you :)
     
  16. ChrisA

    ChrisA Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    What sort of cuc should I get? Looking into it now the tanks up
     
  17. lucycat

    lucycat Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    744
    Likes Received:
    0
    i tend to go primarily for snails as cuc,small hermits are ok ,i also use river shrimp as part of my ones cuc so it doesnt cost too much when the seahorses eat them
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice