Due to the unique and interesting appearance that seahorses have, they have become an exotic pet for many people. There are those who like to keep them in fish tanks or aquariums, however there is evidence that these creatures do not adapt very well to live in captivity. They can suffer high levels of stress and stop feeding, or develop various diseases. If you decide to keep them in an aquarium, you need to have the right conditions for it. You must have them alone or with a partner, too many of them living so close could cause high levels of aggression and stress. On the other hand, you will never want to place them in the same aquarium with squid, octopus, eels, or tiger fish.
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Plastic or silk plants, including real plants, can also be introduced into the aquarium but these must be changed from time to time. Many people do not know that seahorses are kept in salt water and that therefore metal decorations that oxidize and release toxins capable of poisoning seahorses cannot be used.
It should be borne in mind that seahorses usually mix with the environment by varying the colors in their body. If we don't want them to take a particular color, then we need to remember this detail. It's fun to see how people frequently change aquarium ornaments just so that their little horse changes color. But care must be taken because while it is natural that they change color to adapt to the environment, it can also be stressful for them to the point of reducing their life time.
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Life at home
Seahorses They are not very demanding as for water, but it is necessary to keep it clean and oxygenated. However, aeration devices must be avoided because they produce oxygen balls that seahorses swallow, mistaking for food, and that makes them float on the surface until they die.
They need the aquarium to be full of seaweed, vegetable stalks or petrified corals that allow them to curl in them and monitor the environment for hunting. And the hippocampus are slow lurking hunters that require live food, to move, to attract your attention. In addition, they take a while to devour their prey, this is the reason why it is not advisable to join them with other more lively and restless fish, since they eat their food.
Food and reproduction
The ideal meal For seahorses, they are lively viviparous fry (guppies, platys, xiphos, molly and gambusias), but providing them with this daily diet is expensive and complicated. The Artemia alive It is a good alternative.
You can try to accustom them to fresh food by giving them frozen daphinia, mysis and cyclops with tweezers or leaving them in a stream to stir. Although this does not mean that we can stop giving them fry.
If we take good care of them, I know will reproduce with some ease. The mating season is spring and summer months. The couple performs a courtship dance entwining the tail. In this position, the female transfers the eggs from her sewer to the male ventral bag, which is covered with a soft tissue and arranged in compartments in order to keep each egg in a separate space. The birth of young seahorses seems be tiring for him father. The first days will enter and leave the bag depending on whether there is danger or not abroad.