Lined Seahorse

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Hippocampus erectus - Perry, 1810
Lined Seahorse

This is an ideal candidate for the nano-reef, as well as the larger reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The Lined Seahorse needs a tank with stationary objects that it can wrap its prehensile tail around when at rest (e.g., macroalgae, tubular sponges, live gorgonians, dead coral branches, plastic gorgonians).

Family: Syngnathidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum height: 15 cm (6 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Seahorses may remain healthy for several months on a diet of live brine shrimp, but they will gradually become malnourished and die. Live brine shrimp or frozen mysid shrimp can be fortified with a vitamin supplement (Vibrance) which is rich in HUFAs and color-enhancing pigments. Feed 2 to 5 whole, frozen mysid shrimp at least twice per day (larger individuals may take 12 or more mysids per meal). Allow your seahorse to fast one day per week.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Do not include powerful stingers (sea anemones, stinging corals) and larger, predatory corallimorpharians (elephant ear anemones) with any seahorses.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Lined SeahorseRDF feed
Common name Lined Seahorse  +
Family Syngnathidae  +
Genus Hippocampus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum height 6 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Western Atlantic  +, Nova Scotia, Canada  +, Northern Gulf of Mexico  +, Panama  +, and Venezuela  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name erectus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +