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Lime

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Well, I have done some research, but the websites I found, said it was quite alright for there to be some goldfish or something with seahorses. :\
 

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Several of keep or have kept seahorses for a number of years and I would personally like to read the reference you mention. The site I mentioned gives a decent list of seahorse safe critters (goldfish NOT being among them). We have a member who has had over 10 years of marine experience and has been successful with a mixed tank but it is not something to attempt without years of observation and success.
 

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Alright heres the sites and info. Btw, it was Goby family fish, not goldfish. Just got confused. :S

- Seahorses can co-exist with many species of shrimp and other bottom-feeding creatures. Fish from the goby family also make good tank-mates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seahorse

- Seahorses can co-exist with many species of shrimp and other bottom-feeding creatures. Fish from the goby family also make good tank-mates.Seahorses can be kept in an aquarium with other seahorses, pipefish, and other non-aggressive, slow moving fish. www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/animals/fish/seahorse.htm

Theres a couple more but can't find atm. So, I'm not talking about putting a seahorse with a pirhana or something, but just like with some gobies.
 

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Certainly most shrimp are acceptable (but may become food) but a mantis shrimp would kill a seahorse so it is important that you keep the details and not chalk them up to "sort of's".

I recommend keeping a list of the place you visit that give you good information so that when the tank is fully cycled and you are ready to add you critters you don't have to "remember" what is safe but can go back and review the lists, pick from them and then go shopping. I keep many such lists in special folders in my Internet Explorer favorites but another way is to send yourself an email with the links and some of your own notes with a good subject line so that you can easily find them. Goldfish are not acceptable, SOME gobies are excellent but keep the links so that you know what KIND of gobies work well.
 
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Seahorses are considerably harder to keep than octopuses IME. They are much harder to keep than most fish. They need to eat a lot. They have very small digestive systems and can't hold a large meal, so they have to eat small meals throughout the day. Most fish will out compete them for food and that's why it's suggested not to keep them with other fish. Some bottom-dwelling, calm, peaceful gobies might do okay and help out with excess food, but most of your fun, active fish are going to eat all the food before they can get any.

Something else to consider about seahorses is that they are seriously endangered. Make sure you find a captive seahorse source if you do get one/some. They do better in groups. They are highly susceptible to vibrio infections, bloat from excess gasses/airbubbles in the water, internal parasites, and a long list of other issues so mixing them with anything is extremely risky, even other seahorses. They don't swim well so high flow isn't good for them.

Most baby seahorses are about 2 inches long when you buy them. If they're much smaller than that, they are probably dwarf seahorses, and dwarf seahorses need LIVE FOOD constantly. They are even more difficult to keep than the larger species.
 

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i agree animal mother, i set up a 12g nano for dwarfs but decided not to until i can set up atleast a 30g.

ive seen on various forums people who keep seahorses with other fish such as gobies, manderins, one had a hawkfish etc. it IS possible to keep fish and seahorses but it is NOT the right thing to do and is somewhat cruel imo. its like putting a kitten in a cage with a rotwieller or something. they are better off being seperate. i like your idea of doing a 55 reef with the seahorses. i dont know much about coral but im sure there is a great variety for you to choose from to make it the type of tank you want.
 
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Most soft corals and gorgonias are fine with seahorses and make great "hitching posts" for them. I would avoid any LPS though since ponies tend to wrap their tails around whatever sticks out and LPS are stingy.
 

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Yeah, I understand that fish will beat the seahorses to the food which is why, I would feed the by hand and make sure they acctually eat, then I could feed the fish. Plus I wouldn't want to waste shrimp or something on just some fish lol. I could just some fish food. :smile:
 
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Lime;123845 said:
Yeah, I understand that fish will beat the seahorses to the food which is why, I would feed the by hand and make sure they acctually eat, then I could feed the fish. Plus I wouldn't want to waste shrimp or something on just some fish lol. I could just some fish food. :smile:

That's what you think. In a perfect world...

You need to get to know these animals before you make assumptions like that. Sorry, that only happens for Dr. Do-little.
 

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