04-20-2010, 01:53 AM
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This thread makes me miss my seahorses. I lost my last one about 3 yrs ago when we moved, as the water chemistry was so different the seahorses couldn't handle it. I haven't set up another seahorse tank yet, but this thread makes me crave it all the more. I've been looking for specific seahorses for my next tank of them... they are hard to find and quite expensive, so I haven't been in any rush.
At some point this summer I will be converting probably my 90 gallon to saltwater due to my need for more tank space. My biocube is so crowded with overgrowth and I've run out of places to go with it. I am not planning much of anything for fish, mostly just inverts... however I have been toying with the idea of either seahorses or pipe fish because the set up will be perfect for them. I wish I could afford the space to devote one of my 200 gallons to seahorses, cuz then I'd get a pair of kudas and breed them, lol.
Kymie, you are correct that seahorses are not the easiest of fish to keep, but don't let them intimidate you. If you know ahead of time the type of care they need, and you are able to devote and afford that easily, keeping them isn't really that difficult. They are very social animals and can be quite playful. I had a female that I bonded with once, and every time I worked in the tank she would hook her tail around my fingers and do everything with me. It made my job of maintenance much harder with a pony hooked to my finger, but it was so much fun I never minded. They're awesome, just a lot more delicate than most other fish. Even breeding them is relatively easy if you get a bonded pair, and if you can provide everything they need for the fry to survive.