Seahorse Dwarf  (Hippocampus zosterae)

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Dwarf Seahorses   Hippocampus zosterae.  Dwarf seahorses come from the Western Atlantic, off the coast of Southern Florida, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Here they live in...
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Dwarf Seahorses   Hippocampus zosterae.

 Dwarf seahorses come from the Western Atlantic, off the coast of Southern Florida, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Here they live in shallow seagrass beds of Zostera marina, from which they get their scientific name Hippocampus zosterae.

 As with all seahorse species, it is the male that carries the young, in a pouch at the top of his tail. When they are ready to mate, the seahorses have an elaborate courtship ritual, of changing colour, vibrating next to each other, and ‘dancing’ with each other. At its climax, they rise up together with their tails intertwined, and the female passes the eggs over.

 They certainly live up to their name, fully grown adults are often just 2 - 2.5cm in size.

 Caring for dwarf seahorses

 Like many aquarium fish, dwarf seahorses need good water quality. They are quite messy creatures – they don’t have a proper stomach so have to eat a lot, and don’t digest it very well, so they create a lot of waste. They also require live food – in the wild they would eat copepods, which are an excellent food, but they can also eat artemia, either freshly hatched or enriched. A small tank is often a good option for them, so their food can be kept fairly dense, though this should be matched with an oversized filter or sump.

 

We keep ours in full strength seawater, 1.026sg. Seahorses can be prone to bacterial diseases, so keeping the tank sparkling clean is important, and a slightly cooler temperature can also help, around 24°C.

 

 

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  • A clear photograph of the fish in its original sealed bag, you must capture the entire bag with contents and seal still in tact clearly evident before taking the 2nd picture.
  • A clear photograph of the fish out of its sealed bag and water, with its entire rear caudal tail fin cut off.
  • You will know if your fish is dead as it will sink down to the bottom, observe for fin movement and discolouration, most fish sink when they die, but float to the top as they begin to rot. Closely observe the aquatic life upon acclimatising if it hasn’t moved don’t presume its dead but sometimes they are just resting. We advise to add air stone to acclimatising this will increase oxygen level to your live stock. Monitor the fins and gills for any sort of tiny movements, if in doubt call us.
For marine inverts we require:
  • A clear photograph of the fish in its original sealed bag, you must capture the entire bag with contents and seal still in tact clearly evident before taking the 2nd picture.
  • A clear photograph of the marine invert out of its sealed bag and water, with the invert being either cut in half or a sharp object such as a small knife skewered directly through it.
For corals we require:
  • A clear photograph of the fish in its original sealed bag, you must capture the entire bag with contents and seal still in tact clearly evident before taking the 2nd picture.
  • A close up photograph of the coral out of its sealed bag but still in water, (Photographs taken of corals not in water, will not be accepted, as some corals can look distorted/dead out of water).
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Please see review our recommended acclimatisation procedures for corals below to ensure your new coral adjusts to your system with the least possible stress.
Acclimatising your new corals is a vital process to ensure they survive and thrive in your system. People use many different methods but most of them are very similar, below is our preferred choice:
  • Unpack coral carefully from box and keep it in the polythene bag or container that it was shipped in.
  • Float the bag or container in your sump area or main tank for around 20 minutes, this will equalise the temperature of the water in the bag to that of the system it is going to be placed.
  • Open the bag or place coral with shipping water into another small container.
  • Using a piece of airline or similar with an air control valve attached, if one not available then just tie a knot in the airline, start a siphon from the main system and drip water slowly from there into the bag/container housing the new coral ( I use around one drip per two seconds ). Once the bag/container is near full then disregard some of the water and continue the process (never put any of the shipping water into your system). I persevere with this process for around 90 minutes to ensure the new coral is fully acclimatised to the new water conditions.
  • Now it is time to remove the coral from bag/container and carefully place it in your tank somewhere near the bottom. Leave it there and raise it slowly over a period of days so as it can adjust to the different lighting on your tank.
This careful process is vital to ensuring your coral or any other livestock’s long term success.
The same above process can be use for Fish and Inverts however this is not recommended, we strongly advise you put all livestock into a quarantine tank for 30 days where you can observe it before placing it into your display tank, make sure you follow the above procedure before placing livestock into your quarantine tank
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