Dwarf seahorse

betta06

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I do not have room for them right now but am thinking on keeping them maybe next year and want to be prepared
what tank size do they need? do they need to be kept in groups? what do they eat?
I have never kept a saltwater tank before so I know practically nothing so sorry if some of these questions are silly... what type of filtration do they need? how can I get the proper salt? and last I use aquarium filter cartridges will I need something different for salt water? sorry for all the questions. any tips would be great

thanks!!
 
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Lucy

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Hi!
We had a member who kept them a while back. She hasn't signed in for a little but if you search Claire Bear 's threads she kept us pretty updated.

If I missed someone who has them currently, I apologize
 

Jesterrace

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betta06 said:
I do not have room for them right now but am thinking on keeping them maybe next year and want to be prepared
what tank size do they need? do they need to be kept in groups? what do they eat?
I have never kept a saltwater tank before so I know practically nothing so sorry if some of these questions are silly... what type of filtration do they need? how can I get the proper salt? and last I use aquarium filter cartridges will I need something different for salt water? sorry for all the questions. any tips would be great

thanks!!

Seahorses are not for newbies. They are difficult to keep. I would recommend starting with something hardier first and then moving on to seahorses.
 
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betta06

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Jesterrace said:
Seahorses are not for newbies. They are difficult to keep. I would recommend starting with something hardier first and then moving on to seahorses.
thanks I think I will just try the firefish you suggested earlier maybe I can try seahorses when I am a bit more experienced with salt water... thanks for all your help though I really appreciate it!
what makes them so difficult? sorry just wondering..
 

Jesterrace

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betta06 said:
thanks I think I will just try the firefish you suggested earlier maybe I can try seahorses when I am a bit more experienced with salt water... thanks for all your help though I really appreciate it!
what makes them so difficult? sorry just wondering..
They don't do well in typical type marine tanks (really need to be in a dedicated tank) since they don't do well with high flow and their gills aren't as efficient as fish so they are much more sensitive to oxygen levels than fish are. So it's a combination of their more delicate nature combined with the fact that low flow tanks are much higher maintenance in saltwater (ie more prone to fights with unwanted algae growth).
 

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