Basic Care Information

Aquarium

A 30 gallon aquarium is the minimum recommended aquarium size for a pair of our captive bred seahorses. An additional 15 gallons is recommended for every additional pair of seahorses. A larger aquarium is even better. Minimum aquarium height is 18 inches.  

Make sure your aquarium has plenty of “hitching-posts” for your seahorses to hold onto. Artificial branching coral or live Gorgonian corals are great hitching posts.

Seahorses do best in a species only aquarium without stinging corals, anemones, clams or aggressive fish/invertebrates.

 

Temperature

Recommended temperature is 70-74F. Your heater should have a guard or be in a sump where your seahorses can not grab hold.

 

Feeding

Seahorses need to be fed 2-3 times daily. We use both Hikari BioPure Mysis shrimp and PE Mysis shrimp. Either or both will work for you. Spirulina enriched frozen brine shrimp can also be fed as an ocassional snack to diversify your seahorse’s deit.

Uneaten frozen food should be removed from the aquarium after 30 minutes as it will begin to spoil.

 

Water Parameters

Parameter

recommended level

specific gravity

1.020-1.025

pH

8.1-8.4

alkalinity

8-12 Dkh

aMMONIA (nh3)

UNDETECABLE

NITRITE (no2)

UNDETECABLE

nITRATE (no3)

(IDEALLY UNDETECABLE) <25 PPM

PHOSPHATE (PO4)

(IDEALLY UNDETECABLE) <0.2 PPM

cALCIUM

350-450 PPM

MAGNESIUM

1250-1350 PPM

TEMPERATURE

70-74 F

 

IMPORTANT: Please make sure your saltwater aquarium is fully cycled before purchasing and adding your seahorses! If you have any questions about cycling your aquarium please contact us, we are happy to help.

 

Equipment and Maintanance

We strongly recommend having a good quality protein skimmer on your aquarium. Weekly 10-25% water changes are recommended.

 

Thank you for reading. Our captive bred seahorses are hardy and a lot of fun to keep. If you have any questions about the caring for our seahorses please contact us. We want you to be a sucessful keeper and are more than happy to help.

 

Dwarf Seahorse Articles-Hippocampus zosterae

Dwarf Seahorses-Setting up a Proper Aquarium 

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/dwarf-seahorses-setting-up-a-proper-aquarium

Hatching Artemia (Baby Brine Shrimp) for Dwarf Seahorses and Seahorse Fry

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/hatching-artemia-brine-shrimp-for-dwarf-seahorses-and-seahorse-fry

Seahorse Articles-Larger Species (Not Dwarf Seahorses)

Tank-mates for Captive Bred Seahorses-Live Corals

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/tank-mates-for-captive-bred-seahorses

How to Sex a Seahorse

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/how-to-sex-a-seahorses

Training Your Seahorse to Feed at a Feeding Station

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/training-your-seahorse-to-feed-at-a-feeding-station

Acclimating Your New Seahorse to Your Aquarium

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/acclimating-your-new-seahorse-to-your-aquarium

Seahorse Savvy-Reidi x Erectus Hybrid Seahorses

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/seahorse-savvy-reidi-x-erectus-hybrid-seahorses

Piebald Seahorse Gallery and Info

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/piebald-seahorse-gallery

Encouraging Brighter Seahorse Coloration

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/promoting-brighter-seahorse-coloration

Rinsing Your Frozen Foods for Your Seahorses

https://seahorsesavvy.com/blogs/news/rinsing-your-frozen-foods-for-your-seahorses