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Lime

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Well, I have checked and my LFS said they said they might get some seahorses in sometime. I was wondering that if I got a seahorse, or more, would they stress the octopus, or would the octopus attack it? I'm just not sure with the seahorse - octopus combo. Thanks guys and girls. :smile:
 

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A seahorse will probably be nothing more than an expensive dinner. They are two slow to swim away from an octopus and they have no defenses at all except camouflage. They're also not the easiest things to keep, many will take live food only if they're wild-caught. Captive bred ones will usually take frozen though. If you have an extra tank you could keep them separately - we've had them in the lab and they're lovely pets.
 

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Yes, I know they are hard to take care of. I live close to some streams and the ocean, so I have an endless supply of shrimp on good fishing days. I just really want a seahorse, but yes they are expensive and I don't want to feed my octo like an $100 dinner lol. So maybe I can put a seahorse and an octo together and if it doesn't work out, I will know for future reference. Yes, some of you may think of that as cruel, but it's the circle of life.
 

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if you can get quite small shrimp they are probably a good meal for seahorse - we usually fed ours brine shrimp or guppies, which they like. What kind of seahorse can the LFS get? Some of the larger ones you see in the pet trade are really nice - I can see why you would want one. We got H. erectus from seining for stickleback fish on long island in NY - they are nice but not that colourful.

I really think its a bad idea to put them together, but maybe some others here can offer some more advice on how it might work out if you had a lot of cover for the seahorse to hide in, for instance.

There's nothing much 'circle of life' about putting two captive animals together in an enclosed space and waiting for one to get eaten, sorry.
 

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Well, I didn't mean the circle of life like that but nevermind. I'm not sure what seahorses my LFS sell, I will have to ask next time I go, probably this weekend. Yes, I would be able to get small shrimp and guppies. But I would probably get a new-born seahorse. They are like a quarter-inch big lol. How can I get shrimp or guppies smaller then that? Lol.
 

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well, a really tiny seahorse probably needs mysids or newly-hatched brine shrimp - I would think definitely live food for such a small one. Have you checked out sygnathid.org (a seahorse/pipefish forum)? There will be people there who can provide more specific details of how to raise small seahorses (they are called ponies, so silly since they should be called foals!) You will need some precautions so it won't get sucked into a filter or anything.

Maybe some of the members here have more experience with seahorses - anyone? I've only had adults seahorses in the lab, and one unsuccessful attempt with pipefish hatchlings.
 

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Yeah Rob, I'm gonna try to get my LFS to hold a seahorse for me untill it gets bigger so I can feed it normal food and so it doesn't get sucked into the filter lol. I'm so excited to get one but I still have patience to wait lol. :smile:
 

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i agree with robyn, it isn't a good idea to put the two together because it will not work out. octopus and seahorses are two of the many tank inhabitants we keep in the hobby that will be way better off and thrive in a species only tank. just my opinion but it is the right thing to do to just keep the octopus and plan to set up a tank for seahorses. you will be able to enjoy them separately and still get what you want.

sorry if i sounded like a jerk, just trying to help guide you down the right path.
 

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KLtcb, don't worry, you didn't sound rude. Atm, I have a 55 gallon saltwater aquarium. I might be able to get a new one thats bigger for the octopus. If I do, then I will turn the 55 gallon into a reef tank with seahorses, fish, starfish, etc. Just a nice tropical looking tank. :smile:
 

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Sorry Lime, no fish with the seahorses. As someone else tried to point out seahorses are best kept in a species only tank very much like octopuses. No stinging corals, starfish OK, fish not OK. You will have to read as much about keeping seahorses as keeping octopuses and there is a very good forum just for them.
 

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