Dwarf Seahorses


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I recently went to Florida and found two dwarf seahorses while at the beach. They are so awesome! I finally have seahorses again! (my Barbouri died after 9 months)

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It would have been better for these little horses if you had left them in the wild, in my opinion.

I will be very honest and say that this is a disaster waiting to happen.

Keeping this small species in a small tank with things like bristle worms, a coral banded shrimp,etc will result in disaster for them.

I know you are into collecting from the wild but a little research into a particular species and making sure the home you provide for them in captivity is safe and stress free.

Bristle worms and Coral banded shrimp as well as many other animals are not safe for H zosterae.

What happened to your H barbouri? Nine months is a very short period. With an appropriate set up and diet, they can live for years in captivity.

I would really encourage you to consider setting up a safer environment for them.


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Opinions can be interpreted as being rude sometimes.

I specifically looked for these and am curious why you would say the tank is unfit for dwarf seahorses?

The coral banded shrimp is simply too small to put into my other tanks right now. I am halfway concerned the seahorses will try to eat it. he could hardly be a threat to them.

I have never heard of bristle worms being any danger to seahorses except when a seahorse decides to eat one and it gets spines in its snout Look carefully, these are harmless detrivore bristle worms.

"Many other animals" are not the issue here.

The Barbouri? After nine months, he got an infection in his pouch and passed rather quickly. I still miss him. Beautiful yellow color with pink dots at the tip of each spine.

If I may, could I please see a photo of your personal seahorse tanks? I do love the little guys and would love to see how yours are set up.


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I have trouble believing a dwarf sh could eat a cb shrimp. They only get an inch and a half at most. Dwarfs need special care btw. Small tanks with daily feeding of bbs and they should be the only livestock in there with exception to snails and some caulerpa.



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Ah! but you are thinking about the size of shrimp you find at a petstore. I caught mine and he is just a little smaller than my pinky nail. he is much smaller than even a young ghost shrimp.

So far the dwarves are eating cyclopeeze. Baby brine shrimp are still bubbling. (I just returned from Florida on Thursday.) Decapsulating the BBS in the morning (I hope).

I would argue the wisdom of using caulerpa. It tends to grow pretty fast and could become a major nuisance in a short amount of time. I am using Galaxaura fastigiata as it is much easier to control (and provides lots of good places for the dwarves to hitch).