Seahorses trot around the block…

Pygmy Seahorse
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Do Seahorses make you scratch your head and go “Hmmm…”? Seahorses are fascinating creatures that have captured human imagination for thousands of years. Maybe because of their distinctive shape, slow moving style, the fact that the male carries the eggs and “gives birth”, or maybe it’s that tail or their camouflage?

Whatever your reason, it’s a good one! And if you’re thinking how cool it would be to have a few in an aquarium in your home or office, here’s a few things to remember:

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Seahorses are NOT a beginner’s fish! They do need a “cycled” saltwater tank with a filter, protein skimmer, lots of anchor points for them to hang onto, and appropriate sized food.

They can be kept in a smaller tank, though, if you’re only keeping a few. It depends on what size Seahorse you’re wanting, as well. The Pygmy Seahorses are smaller but are more hardy and a bit easier to keep alive, and you could keep a larger group in the same size tank as a couple of the larger species.

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Please do your research first! Your Seahorse tank will be a touch of serenity in your space, but only if they’re healthy. You’ll have to feed them two or three times every day, and the water temperature needs to be between 74 and 76 degrees. You need to set up a shrimp hatchery so that you can feed them live shrimp, as well as feeding dried or frozen Mysis shrimp.

You’ll also want to remember that Seahorses don’t do well with other types of fish, and can be hurt by a fast-moving tank-mate.

Get your Seahorses from someone who has raised them or knows where they were raised! Captive-born Seahorses are healthier and will live longer.

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Don’t expect a lot of flashy movement from your Seahorses! They like to grab a seaweed frond or coral branch and wait for food to come to them!

If you still want to get Seahorses after you’ve done your research, go for it!

They’ll make a lovely addition to your home or office, and there are few things more attention-getting than a well maintained Seahorse tank!

Also, please consider purchasing “My Seahorse Journal” (at https://amzn.to/2T8bHII ) to help you in your horsey journey! Feel free to contact me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com with questions – while I may not know the answers, I can sure find them;)

As always, thanks for reading and God Bless!


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