03-21-2007, 12:40 AM
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Seahorses are cool pets, extremely social and interactive, but you are correct, your set up is not proper for keeping them. Don't think you need a huge tank to keep them, it will depend on what species of seahorse you decide to keep. Kudas get large, and would do best in a 50 gallon or larger, while kellogi and reidi don't get quite so large, and can be kept in smaller tanks. There are also pygmy seahorses that should not be kept in tanks larger than about 10 gallons.
There is a lot to learn, and I will suggest finding some books on the subject if you are considering getting any. There are fish compatible in a seahorse tank, and you don't have to keep "reef" animals such as corals to have a good seahorse environment. There are a lot of options. I have a pair of seahorses now, almost 2 yrs old now. Theirs is one of my easiest and most fun tanks. I also know a few breeders who were helping me when my pair began breeding unexpectedly, so I can get information if you need it.
Their eating habits aren't as bad as some people might think. If you start with tank raised seahorses, frozen brine shrimp and frozen mysis shrimp are the typical foods offered. If you can supply live adult brine, even better. Mine get live brine and frozen mysis, they are fed twice/day, and they have tankmates such as gobies, starfish, urchin, snails, hermit crabs, emerald crab... if you know what is safe, you can do quite a bit with a seahorse tank.
In your situation, I would suggest planning a seperate tank, but don't decide on the size of it until you decide on the species of seahorse you wish to keep, and what you wish to keep with it. Pygmy seahorses should be a species only tank.
Hope this helps!