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dmatt56 08-31-2009 08:38 PM

Seahorses and corals
Hello Everyone,

I am considering adding a pair of yellow tank raised seahorses to my 55G softie tank. I currently have leather corals, toadstool, mushrooms, zoas, daisy polyps, GSP, fish, and inverts.

Will they be compatible with all my corals? Will the seahorses attaching to the leather coral's arm bother either the coral or seahorse?



onefish2fish 08-31-2009 10:00 PM

i strongly suggest not getting sea horses and if you do, research your heart out and get them a seperate tank.

racingtiger03 08-31-2009 10:17 PM

ditto to what onefish says. My roommate had her heart set on seahorses, and after just a day of researching we decided it was a bad idea.. they really need a species specific tank, and even then it seemed like a lot of special care needs to be taken.

dmatt56 08-31-2009 10:21 PM

Having only a softie tank, I don't have major flow. The fish and coral I have were all on the "compatible" list. It seems like the captive bred seahorses are safe but the wild caught pose the biggest problem.

Has anyone successfully introduced seahorses into a small reef?

Can seahorses spread diseases to my fish and other tank inhabitants or are they considered more of an invert in terms of not needing to quarantine.?



onefish2fish 08-31-2009 10:31 PM

what other fish do you have? the seahorses wont get any food.

dmatt56 08-31-2009 10:37 PM

I have 2 clown, 3 chromis, 2 bangaii,red scooter, and mandarin. Captive bred seahorses are trained to eat mysis.


onefish2fish 08-31-2009 10:42 PM

theres no way they would survive with a mandarin and red scooter in the tank, infact both of these fish are at risk of starving slowly over time.

please google seahorse care.

dmatt56 08-31-2009 11:06 PM

I'll do that. Thanks for the advice. The mandarin and scooter both eat mysis and dry foods.


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