LF: Local Seahorse seller

Malster1

New member
So the wife's tank has been cycling for about 7 month's now and I'm ready to get her the Seahorses now. Am I stuck getting them from online or is there a LF that can get them for us? I know out of all of us, someone will know if a LF can get them or has some. :beer:
 

kripas

New member
Saw a black sea horse last week in aquarium concept for $27 , medium size and saw in craigslist selling a sea horses with tank for $450.
 

Malster1

New member
Thanks for the feedback, I hate aquarium concept, over priced don't like how the poor fish are housed.
 

kripas

New member
Yea aquarium concept double price everything, their reef crystal salt sell $27 a bag , what a joke. Found in othe lfs sells only for $17
 

Friday Night

New member
thanks for the feedback, i hate aquarium concept, over priced don't like how the poor fish are housed.

+100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
 

gitsoe

New member
yea Dublins the only place I see them often :(
if you wanna order online go to liveaquaria no problems there and if so they give you credit no questions
 

fingerwrinkles

Premium Member
Do a search for H. reidi here in the bay area as there used to be a guy who bred them (I think he was on the peninsula). He may or may not still be around but it's worth a check.

You may also consider buying online from a breeder rather than buying through a store. Aside from the fact that these are increasingly uncommon in the wild, there are all sorts of nasty things on them that come in with the wild (I'm almost certain any that you buy in the LFS will be wild unless they have a line on a local breeder). Also, the wild ones are notoriously difficult to get to eat, and you cannot easily tell how emaciated they are in the store, or how long they have been there (i.e., their internal structure hides their condition really well, as you can tell from the dried ones you see in curio stores). A healthy, captive raised one will take frozen food readily and save you lots of time, effort, and expense. In then end you will be far better off buying an $80 CB one that is known to eat rather than taking a risk on a few $30 ones.

One other hint - check out the various species available and be selective in your choice. There's only one or two species that are truly suitable for tropical tanks, and several of the species require cooler water or else there will be problems with bacterial infections and other diseases.

If you haven't done so already, check out www.seahorse.org which is a great resource for seahorse information (I think you can also find breeders there as well).
 

Malster1

New member
1+ on all that, She has been living on that site reading everything she can. I'll google up and see if that guy is still around for CB. I agree, I would rather get CB instead or wild and have the poor things die.
 

GreshamH

New member
Do a search for H. reidi here in the bay area as there used to be a guy who bred them (I think he was on the peninsula). He may or may not still be around but it's worth a check.

You may also consider buying online from a breeder rather than buying through a store. Aside from the fact that these are increasingly uncommon in the wild, there are all sorts of nasty things on them that come in with the wild (I'm almost certain any that you buy in the LFS will be wild unless they have a line on a local breeder). Also, the wild ones are notoriously difficult to get to eat, and you cannot easily tell how emaciated they are in the store, or how long they have been there (i.e., their internal structure hides their condition really well, as you can tell from the dried ones you see in curio stores). A healthy, captive raised one will take frozen food readily and save you lots of time, effort, and expense. In then end you will be far better off buying an $80 CB one that is known to eat rather than taking a risk on a few $30 ones.

One other hint - check out the various species available and be selective in your choice. There's only one or two species that are truly suitable for tropical tanks, and several of the species require cooler water or else there will be problems with bacterial infections and other diseases.

If you haven't done so already, check out www.seahorse.org which is a great resource for seahorse information (I think you can also find breeders there as well).

Perhaps you are unaware of them being listed on CITES appendix II (many years now, over 6) and most that are in the trade are captive bred due to that fact :)
 

fingerwrinkles

Premium Member
Hey Gresh, where do these guys like 6th Ave get them from then? If places like that import through who I've heard they supposedly do, I'd be stunned if they were dealing with breeders. It's been a few years since I was breeding them, but back then (maybe this was before the CITES listing) when I tried to get broodstock I had a hard time finding healthy ones through stores which is why I went with established CB specimens.
 

outdoorandmore

New member
He's the guy that post on craigslist with a list of corals and fish along with live rocks from daly city.

Correct. He has the best prices around and great selection of corals, mostly softies, zoas and LPS. His dry good prices can't be beat either. I buy my Bi-ionic 1 gallon size and Aquavitro salt mix from him.

He dips and drip acclimates all his fish and corals and dosen't like selling livestock that isn't healthy and eating.

The only exception there would be custom orders, like the seahorses where they would remain in their transit bag floating in his tanks, waiting for you to pick up.
 
Last edited:
Top