The seahorse is one of the most beloved animals in the sea. Some people are so captivated and in awe when they see one for the first time that they are moved to tears. Some people don’t even know that they exist at all and are completely in disbelief that they can see one in person. I have never seen anyone respond to another fish in that way when they see it in person for the first time. So what is it about Seahorses that captives us so much? I can tell you what it is for me. These animals are so majestic, the way they move through the water, the way they eat, even the way they latch onto a hitching post. They have such personalities as well.
I bet you have questions and beliefs that you can’t have some of these beautiful animals in your home.
First of all, if you believe that something is too hard of course you won’t do it. I am here to tell you that it is not hard to keep seahorses or a saltwater aquarium. You have to understand the basics of their care and start with the correct setup.
In the 80’s and 90’s it was hard but here in 2019 we have the technology and the understanding to keep them happy and healthy. We also have seahorses that have been bred in captivity instead of born in the ocean and that helps tremendously when it comes to feeding. Seahorses eat frozen food that is easy to give to them and some people even have a feeding station where the seahorses come to eat the food.
Another thing that holds people back is they don’t have the time to take care of them. I understand how busy people are and Im sure that it’s a real concern for some people. I can tell you the care of the seahorses can be made minimal if you want to spend the money on automation. You can get your aquarium to make water changes and top off all by itself. Then you would have to monitor and feed them twice a day. I think this would save time if you had a big tank, but If you have a small tank under 30 gallons then you still have very little to do in my opinion.
Daily-would be feeding twice a day with that frozen food and check to see if the aquarium needs to be topped off.
Weekly-would be a 10%-20% water change and maybe use a magnet cleaner to clean the glass of algae.
Monthly would depend on what type of filter you have. But most of them would have you change a filter cartridge once a month.
With reguards to the aquarium, a good start is a Biocube from Coralife. They come in sizes 16 and 32 both of which will work. I like them for seahorses for a number of reasons. They are enclosed so they will have less water evaporation, they have nice filtration, and the LED lights are on a timer. Any tank will do but I find that most people have better success with the biocube.
There are many different opinions on this topic and many options that could work. I will share my favorites with you here:
-gobies or blennies
And Im sure there are more that I am forgetting about but this list will give you a good variety of salty critters to add to your seahorse aquarium.
You don’t want to have fish that will eat all of the food before the seahorses can get to it, and you don’t want to have fish that constantly swim fast around the tank. If the seahorses feel threatened by these fish they will be unhappy and stay attached to something with their tail all the time. An unhappy seahorse wont eat and will quickly get sick.
Now that you have a sense of what is required to have a sea horse I will share some fun facts:
The male Seahorses give birth to the babies in their pouch
Seahorses like company and stay in herds just like horses do (so it’s a good name)
They are a highly evolved fish
Its a lot of fun to watch them eat
Thank you for reading this post. If you want more information about seahorses or have a question please add your comments below. Thanks for reading! Im excited to talk to you next week about another fishy topic on the Fish-r-Friends-Blog!
Here is our podcast about Seahorses: