Reef Tanks and Seahorses

Discussion in 'Fish Tanks' started by kmckienz, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. kmckienz

    kmckienz

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    So I know everyone keeps saying don't get Seahorses at all let alone in a Reef Tank.

    Now, here is the question. How many of you here have actual owned Captive Bred, frozen brine shrimp eating, H. Erectus at all?

    What was you experience with them? Please detail your set-up and specifics.

    Thanks,
    Kathy
     
    kmckienz, Mar 18, 2008
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. kmckienz

    LionFish Resident Photoshopper

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    155
    Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
    well seahorses prefer low flow
    reef tanks = high flow

    not gonna happen
     
    LionFish, Mar 18, 2008
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. kmckienz

    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    8,189
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Cuba, New York
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
    RyanG, Mar 18, 2008
    #3
  4. kmckienz

    cthegame

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    Messages:
    8,704
    Likes Received:
    641
    Location:
    California
    I have been contemplating on putting sea horses in my fuge but they will wipe out all my pods which are more important to me than sea horses...
     
    cthegame, Mar 18, 2008
    #4
  5. kmckienz

    daugherty part time reefer

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    11,166
    Likes Received:
    1,067
    Location:
    Billings, MT USA
    i have had a couple sea horses and they did great until they got sucked into my overflow and they died there i found them when i got off work like that.
     
    daugherty, Mar 18, 2008
    #5
  6. kmckienz

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    in addition to temperature being a problem, feeding is also a problem. they eat SOOOOOO S L O W. the food tends to get sucked up into the overflow or HOB filter before it gets eaten. That is if they are alone, if they are with other fish, all the food gets eaten. Seahorses make Mandarins look like the cheetahs of eating.

    -Doc
     
    Doc, Mar 18, 2008
    #6
  7. kmckienz

    SalteeDogg

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Fort Worth, Tx USA
    Im in the process of keepingn one in a reef tank right now. I have my koralia 4 pointed at the front glass and so far flow hasn't been a issue. I have alot of rock and he stays combing the rocks all day and he perks up on his orange tree sponge every night when he sleeps. I keep my ac on ALL the time since I dont have a chiller which seems to work. I think im going to move them to a smaller tank here shortler that way I can see him more often. Im also going to get him a female I think its so cool with they flirt and hitch on each other.
     
    SalteeDogg, Mar 19, 2008
    #7
  8. kmckienz

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    I tryed a sea horse in my reef.It didnt work.
    Sea horses like colder water than corals can handle.
     
    yote, Mar 19, 2008
    #8
  9. kmckienz

    SalteeDogg

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Fort Worth, Tx USA
    Actually its not that seahorses dont like cold water, they can live in 80 degree waters all day its just once water hits 76, alot of bacterias start to grow that can cause diseases and can make them sick. 75 degrees is the boarder line but still a little high. They told me to do frequent water changes and not to have any temp swings and should be alright.
     
    SalteeDogg, Mar 19, 2008
    #9
  10. kmckienz

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    I wish you luck with your experiment. I know my tank temps change about 4 degrees from day to night.

    -Doc
     
    Doc, Mar 19, 2008
    #10
  11. kmckienz

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    I've been toying with the idea of putting seahorses and/or pipefish in my new nano, but I don't want to give up the ability to keep any corals that I want either...
     
    Bifferwine, Mar 19, 2008
    #11
  12. kmckienz

    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    8,189
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Cuba, New York
    Biff you could always do a salty planted tank with macro saw a site selling nice red seagrass would look hot.
     
    RyanG, Mar 19, 2008
    #12
  13. kmckienz

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    A planted saltwater system would look cool.Not something you see a whole lot of.
     
    yote, Mar 19, 2008
    #13
    RyanG likes this.
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.