Seahorses are graceful, intriguing creatures. They are also often misunderstood. No long ago conventional wisdom held that seahorses could not be kept in captivity of they would die. However, over the years that opinion has changed as evidence to the contrary has mounted. Nowadays people’s opinion on keeping seahorses has changed. The common belief now is that while it can be difficult, it is possible to raise seahorses in captivity. But calling keeping seahorses challenging is an understatement. These creatures are very sensitive and can quickly die if the conditions under which they are kept are not ideal.
Modern techniques for keeping marine creatures have improved dramatically. This has allowed for seahorses to be bred in captivity. People now better understand what is required to keep seahorses alive and healthy. They realize it that with dedication and by making sure to provide them with their special requirements it is possible to keep seahorses for years and even bred them. The key is to have the right type and size fish tank. The tank must also be set up properly. They are also such a specialized marine fish, it’s recommended people only keep seahorses that were born in captivity.
One of the major concerns with raising seahorses is they can die quickly if their environment isn’t ideal. Plus there are between 35 and 40 known species of seahorse and each specie requires different things. So it’s important to focus on only one specie of seahorse in a fish tank. Another issue is that wild-caught specimens can bring dangerous parasites and diseases with them that can be harmful to those born in captivity. Wild-caught species often only eat live food so feeding them can be a challenge. Attempting to keep them in the same tank with captive-raised seahorse can be detrimental to both.
Some people are of the opinion that captive-breeding of seahorses has played a role in why they are an endangered species. Others, like Matthew David Parker, hold the opinion that it is the destruction of their natural habitat that is to blame. They say captive-breeding of seahorses may be the only way to ensure this species that has fascinated humans for centuries survives. Raising seahorses is a unique hobby that can help with conservation efforts. All it takes is a saltwater tank, curiosity about the species, and a desire to perpetuate the seahorse. This hobby can quickly turn into a passion.
This upright swimming fish a member of the genus Hippocampus and the family Sygnathid. They use their pectoral and dorsal fins to move them through the water. There outer skin is made up of a series of plates and not scales. It creates a bony armor which protects their delicate bodies. The name comes from their horse-like oblong heads, long snouts and bent necks. They use their snouts to reach into small crevices and cracks to find food in the shallow reefs, large clumps of seaweed and grass beds in their natural habitat.
Whether you are raising giant seahorses, dwarf seahorses, black, white, yellow or tan seahorses, Kuda or Estuary seahorses, all you need is a good, well-maintained saltwater tank. You must keep the water temperature stable at between 76 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit and have a good filtration system to maintain water quality and chemistry. Choose one which has a slow rate of flow and without too much bubbles. Seahorses prefer a tank that’s tall, turbulence-free and has lots of vertical space, particularly when they’re mating. With a little research, a dedicated tank and nutritious, vitamin-enriched fish food, you can have a fish tank full of healthy, beautiful seahorses.