Reef Central Online Community
Premium Aquatics

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Marine Fish Forums > Seahorses & Pipefish
Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 01/20/2016, 10:00 AM   #1
Haberdashery
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2
Seahorse newbie

Hi there!
I have a 12 gallon (55 litre) nano cube which i'm planning to turn into a seahorse tank. I haven't had any experience with seahorses and was looking for advice on setting a seahorse tank up and what kind of sea horses / sea dragons would be best for this size of tank and how much rock/sand/clean up crew ideas etc etc

would just like to do it properly and set it up well so thanks in advance for any advice


Haberdashery is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/20/2016, 10:43 AM   #2
lifeoffaith
Registered Member
 
lifeoffaith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Grand Rapids MI area
Posts: 737
Personally I would not put anything but dwarfs in a tank that size. Dwarfs are tough because they only eat live food (some have reported getting them to eat frozen, but then they can switch back and never go to frozen again). You need a tank that is also twice the height of the seahorse full grown at a minimum and that is after the sand is added to the tank.


lifeoffaith is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/20/2016, 02:35 PM   #3
Greybeard
Registered Member
 
Greybeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Buffalo, MO
Posts: 651
Yup. Dwarfs (zosterae). I'd probably get a dozen of them, they do better in groups.

Incredible creatures, fun to watch. I've seen some that were trained to take frozen mysis, but it's rare. Plan on having to feed them live baby brine shrimp and copepods.

http://seahorsesource.com/ has captive raised ones, they're pricey, but much more likely to survive in captivity.


Greybeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/20/2016, 02:37 PM   #4
rayjay
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,969
As mentioned, the tank is only suitable for dwarfs as standards available to us in North America now should have at least 29g for ONE PAIR, and at least 15g each for each additional pair although Dan Underwood of seahorsesource has mentioned he prefers the same 29g for each ADDITIONAL pair as well. Dan is the most respected breeder around, helping in person and on the forums like here and at seahorse.org.
For dwarfs though, it's best to start with a sterile tank and contents because the live feeding of enriched artemia nauplii tends to lead to hydroids which can be fatal to the dwarfs.
Contrary to reports, you cannot sustain dwarfs long term on frozen foods.
Before getting dwarfs I would recommend first setting up and hatching and enriching the brine shrimp artemia to see if this is a chore you really want to do long term.
I lasted two years and many others don't even make it to a year before they get T'd off at the chore.
And this is from a person who spent a long time breeding regular seahorses, requiring the hatching enriching for a period of time for the early weeks of the seahorse fry each time.


__________________
Seahorses. Culture nanno, rotifers and brine shrimp.

Current Tank Info: Seahorses
rayjay is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/20/2016, 03:51 PM   #5
lifeoffaith
Registered Member
 
lifeoffaith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Grand Rapids MI area
Posts: 737
Rayjay is the expert around here by the way.


lifeoffaith is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/20/2016, 11:21 PM   #6
rayjay
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,969
No expert by far, just someone with many years of experience.
The expert would be Dan Underwood who has taught many of us over the years he has been breeding.
There are also many seahorse keepers with less years than I have that have acquired a better knowledge than I have, but all I can do is advise based on what I've experienced and what I believe to be reasonable based on my readings of others postings.


__________________
Seahorses. Culture nanno, rotifers and brine shrimp.

Current Tank Info: Seahorses
rayjay is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/21/2016, 02:53 PM   #7
BlueCat1949
Registered Member
 
BlueCat1949's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 197
Instead of trying to fit seahorses into the tank that you have it is better to decide what species you want and pick the appropriate size tank for them. A 15 is pretty big for dwarves and too small for most of the other seahorse species.


BlueCat1949 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/28/2016, 02:46 PM   #8
HereFishy1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 13
I would go with a bigger tank and an easier type of seahorse. Most say erectus is the best beginner.


HereFishy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01/29/2016, 06:03 PM   #9
BlueCat1949
Registered Member
 
BlueCat1949's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 197
Quote:
Originally Posted by HereFishy1 View Post
I would go with a bigger tank and an easier type of seahorse. Most say erectus is the best beginner.
I agree erectus is the perfect choice for the beginner, if you can keep your tank in the low 70s.


BlueCat1949 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
nano 10 gallon, seahorse

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2022 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2022
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2022 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.