When making the decision to keep Seahorses as pets, please keep
in mind that they will need their own dedicated aquarium as there are
few other reef fish, corals and invertebrates that are suitable tank
mates for Seahorses. They also will not do well in the high water flow
environments of the typical reef or fish aquarium.
Prior to making any decisions, you should first be aware of what
the Seahorse(s) will need as far as foods. Most Seahorses can be
trained to take frozen / fresh foods but you should ensure you can
obtain such foods on a regular basis. Being able to keep and/or raise
your own live foods may become neccessary as not all Seahorses will
readily adapt to dead foods. In all fairness to your new pets, please
do as much research as possible before you make any purchases. I have
listed a good many relevant links to articles that should answer your
questions. If you need to ask others specific questions, then please
become a member of the Seahorse.org forum
. Species Listing
- A listing of Seahorse species in which you can use to research
which species of Seahorse you would like to keep as a pet pertaining to
its adult size and any special needs.
As noted above, there are concerns specific to Seahorses
that you must become aware of through the study of how to properly care
for them. If you have already maintained a reef aquarium, then half the
battle is already won, as Seahorses are found in reef habitats and
require the same water quality as other reef animals do. To further aid
you in your research, I have listed what I have found to be very
informative articles concering the care and feeding of Seahorses.
SeaHorse Facts and Information for New Keepers
- An extremely well thought out and informative article, a great place to get started.
Seahorse Care : A basic guide to starting your first herd
- Another good article on their care and common problems encountered.