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For the most part I have been told that seahorses have a poor survival rate in reef tanks. Are there species that would do well in one and if so what fish would they be compatible with? Can they damage coral? Thanks!


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from what ive read they need very low flow and are slow eaters. so any fish with them would most likely eat the food before the seahorses. i would check in the seahorse forum for a lot more information


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I have been doing research myself on seahorses and found that most people either put them in a refugium or have a separate tank for them with low equal flow from both sides creating a neutral middle area for them to rest in and plenty of twig like structures to wrap there tails around, for me I think the refugium idea works but I think i'd have to have a prefilter and skimmer before the water enters the refugium, would anyone like to add to to this? I'm open to suggestions.


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The only problem with keeping them in a refugium, OR reef tank, is that most sea horses come from cooler water and don't do well in the warmth of our reef tanks.


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the problem with horse and reefs is that reefs require high flow rates, and horses require slow flow rates to capture and eat.....
otherwise...they make a perfect couple


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Seahorses, amphibians, jelly fish, reptiles... All these animals are challenging and require the construction of a species specific habitat to keep.


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To any others who are considering it: regardless of the temps seahorses may be found in naturally, hobbyists have found that greater success is had when seahorses are kept 74 degrees or below when in a tank. Tests have shown that a common bacteria of seahorses is able to multiple and mutate at a much faster rate at temps above 74 degrees.
Seahorses are also not the strongest of swimmers (although there is a temperate species that is a stronger swimmer, it needs to be kept 64 degrees or below and therefore is not native to a reef habitat) and need to be kept from corals with a strong sting and those inverts that consume fish. There are numerous fish that will eat, bite, or pick at a seahorse (including lawnmower blennies), and most fish will out compete a seahorse for food. Seahorses need to eat a lot and frequently due to their inefficent alimentary tract. Thus, they create a lot of waste. Fleet fish can "spook" a seahorse, causing stress and even causing the seahorse to go off its food.
In general, seahorses and reef tanks are not a good match.