Pair of Tank Bred Erectus Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus)
Pair of Tank Bred Erectus Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus)
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Pair of Tank Bred Erectus Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus)

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Hippocampus erectus, commonly known as the Lined Seahorse, is a fascinating marine creature popular in the aquarium trade. Proper care is essential to ensure the health and well-being of these delicate animals. Here are some guidelines for caring for Hippocampus erectus:

  1. Aquarium Setup:

    • Seahorses require a specialized aquarium setup. A tank size of at least 30 gallons is recommended for a pair of seahorses.
    • The tank should be well-established, with stable water parameters. A matured tank is ideal to maintain stable water quality.
    • Provide plenty of live rock, artificial plants, or other decor to create hiding spots and perches for the seahorses.
    • Seahorses are not strong swimmers and prefer to latch onto objects using their prehensile tails, so ensure there are suitable perches and anchor points.
  2. Water Parameters:

    • Maintain stable water parameters with a specific gravity of around 1.020 to 1.025, pH between 8.0 and 8.4, and temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C).
    • Regular water testing is crucial to monitor ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and phosphate levels. Seahorses are sensitive to water quality.
  3. Filtration:

    • Use a reliable filtration system, such as a good quality protein skimmer, to maintain water quality.
    • Seahorses are sensitive to strong water flow, so avoid strong currents in the tank. Gentle water movement is preferable.
  4. Feeding:

    • Seahorses are slow eaters and prefer live or frozen mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and other small crustaceans.
    • Feed small amounts multiple times a day to ensure they get enough nutrition. Ensure that the food is of appropriate size for the seahorses to consume easily.
  5. Tank Mates:

    • Seahorses are peaceful creatures and should be kept in a species-only tank or with other peaceful, slow-moving species.
    • Avoid keeping seahorses with aggressive or fast-moving tank mates that may outcompete them for food or stress them out.
  6. Handling:

    • Seahorses are delicate and should not be handled unless absolutely necessary. Stress from handling can weaken their immune system and make them more susceptible to diseases.
  7. Health Monitoring:

    • Keep a close eye on the seahorses for any signs of illness or distress, such as loss of appetite, abnormal swimming behavior, or visible signs of disease.
    • Quarantine new arrivals before introducing them to the main tank to prevent the spread of diseases.
  8. Breeding:

    • Seahorses are unique in that it is the male that becomes pregnant and gives birth to live young. If you're interested in breeding seahorses, ensure proper research and preparation as it requires specialized care.
  9. Educate Yourself:

    • Before acquiring seahorses, educate yourself thoroughly about their care requirements. Joining seahorse enthusiast forums or local aquarium clubs can provide valuable insights and support.

Remember that caring for seahorses can be challenging and requires dedication and patience. However, with proper care and attention, Hippocampus erectus can thrive in a well-maintained aquarium.