Lined Seahorse - Hippocampus erectus - Small Captive Bred
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Seahorses and Pipefish are some of the most recognizeable and iconic marine creatures but until recently, their care in the aquarium has been reserved only to experts and highly skilled aquarists. Recent developments in captive breeding, filtration and feeding have made some species of seahorses and pipefish less difficult and more rewarding as aquarium animals.
Seahorses and Pipefish are both from the family Sygnathidae which also includes some far less common animals like Shrimpfish and Sea Dragons. Though Shrimpfish occasionally enter the trade, Sea Dragons are endangered and illegal to keep without a permit. Many seahorses and pipefish species are also restricted for wild collection without permits, but they have been successfully bred in captivity. This family is known for their slender bodies, tube-like mouths, and prehensile tails. Their unique breeding strategy is also well-known as the males house the young in their pouch until ready to be released.
Due to their small mouths, the diet of these fish must be appropriately tiny. Some will only accept live foods like baby or adult brine shrimp, rotifers, copepods, small ghost shrimp and similar foods; other may adapt to a frozen diet of these same items but should be given vitamin supplements as well. The tank should have a gentle flow and a height of 2-2.5x the adult height of the fish for seahorses. Pipefish, especially Corythoichthys pipes, will spend much of their time swimming snake-like around the rockwork. Tankmates must be chosen carefully if added at all as aggressive fish may harass the passive seahorses or pipefish or outcompete them for food. They are best kept in a species-only tank.
Seahorses and pipefish require specialized care, feeding and attention. Their aquarium design should be planned in advance and the species being kept should be chosen carefully. With the proper care and attention, these fish can thrive!
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|Lined Seahorse - Sm CB
|Moderate to High
|Yes, with caution
|Yes, with caution
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