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Seahorse with octo

brett

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Ok i have had my octo for 2 months now and i dont want to sound uninformed but i figured id ask anyway. what would be the possible outcome of puttimg a seahorse or two in my octopus tank? i fiugure since they are not the typical octo food and sucha weird animal that he wouldnt even mess with em. oh and maybe a pipefish as well> thank you for your thoughts.
 

Jean

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They'd probably be fine as tank mates. We've had our midget octopus ( Octopus sp) in with seahorses (H. abdominalis) with no problems. The only thing is that your tank may be the wrong shape for seahorses. They tend to require a tank that is taller than it is wide, especially if you want them to mate...the courtship dance requires height! And they need hitching posts.

Hope this helps

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cthulhu77

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Never thought of that combination...if you do it, please post some pics...sounds like a really neat tank.
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Just be cautious about adding anything fishy to the tank, even sea horses may end up being a snack or at least a toy and as all Hippocampus species are now on CITES i dont think it a healthy risk to take...
 

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I remember one member her had his/ her octo take a seahorse the moment it was put in the tank.But good luck if your trying :smile:

Good thing the seahorses were put on CITES ( any idea what appendix? ) at a wholesaler's they would bring in a few thousand seahorses in every week, they were kept in overcrowded tanks (sometimes even with cuttles) and were sold at extremely cheap prices. People would buy them and they would die pretty quickly as they would take live shrimp. Most of them were H.comes histrix and kuda's were not uncommon. Thankfully all that has stopped. Only one person breeding them now and mainly reidi's.

How big is the octo now? you could try getting a seahorse/s that are quite a bit larger than the octo. Btw, if you feed your octo shrimps,its likely the seahorses would try to snick it.
 

brett

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i was thinking about getting the captive bred ones from marinedepotlive.com they eat frozen food from the time they are born supposedly. so that might work and the octo is small but thats a good idea to get a much bigger one than he. any suggestions on seahorse care tho?
 

joel_ang

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Well your tank can't have strong currents, seahorses can also develop many problems like air bubbles under their skin and for males in their pouch. I'm not sure of the exact reason though. This will cause bouyancy and swimming problems...

Get one of the larger species like reidi, kuda, abdominalis or even ingens. They come in many colours and should be large enough to stay out of the octos menu. Only buy captive bred seahorses, wild ones take a long time to accept frozen food and require live foods in the meantime. They could be hosts of parasites too.

www.oceanrider.com has a large selection of cb seahorses though their prices are higher. Check out seahorses.de , they have great info on their care.
 

Jean

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joel_ang said:
Well your tank can't have strong currents, seahorses can also develop many problems like air bubbles under their skin and for males in their pouch. I'm not sure of the exact reason though. This will cause bouyancy and swimming problems...
It can be related to water quality too. ANY thing even slightly rotten in a tank can cause it, even slightly rotting weed. If the O2 content drops so do the horses etc

Horses MUST have hitching posts. Because they don't swim well the tire very quickly. This doesn't have to be weed it can be non toxic plastic such as air hose or non toxic fine rope. These need to be anchored in some way.


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