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If you could have any seahorse, what would it be?

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If you were able to get any seahorse at all, and knew you would be able to take care of it, what would it be?

Me? I'm torn between Hippocampus histrix and H. bargibanti


H. histrix


H. bargibanti - in part because they just look so darn angry.
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« Reply #1 posted: 4 years ago »
The pygmy's would scare the life out of me!

For me it would be H.abdominalis (Big-belly), which maybe I will have in the future but they just aren't practical right now.
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« Reply #2 posted: 4 years ago »
Ones that don't cost any money :)

if I had to choose, I would love to try H.abdominalis
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« Reply #3 posted: 4 years ago »
Yes, H. abdominalis are on my want list too. Also impractical for me, no chiller, no money for a chiller.

I swear my favorite seahorse type changes depending on which one I'm looking at. I want them all! :o
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« Reply #4 posted: 4 years ago »
The pygmy's would scare the life out of me!

For me it would be H.abdominalis (Big-belly), which maybe I will have in the future but they just aren't practical right now.
Hi Louise,
If my abdominalis have fry,i will let you have as many as you would like.
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« Reply #5 posted: 4 years ago »
Ingens...definitely Ingens

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« Reply #6 posted: 4 years ago »
The pygmy's would scare the life out of me!

For me it would be H.abdominalis (Big-belly), which maybe I will have in the future but they just aren't practical right now.
Hi Louise,
If my abdominalis have fry,i will let you have as many as you would like.

Awwww thanks Sue :D
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« Reply #7 posted: 4 years ago »
If i could have another sh it would be KUDAS,they were the first ones i started out with and because they were sold too small i lost around eight-ten of them.I still fell bad about it still,just wish i knew then what i know now(may be i might still of had some)???.
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« Reply #8 posted: 4 years ago »
Sue, its tragic but most of the H.kuda's entering the hobby in the UK seem to be far too small.  I've always dithered about 3 inches when moving my own on, but the ones I'm seeing lately are 1.5 - 2 inches at a push.  Its very sad.
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« Reply #9 posted: 4 years ago »
About ten years ago I was on a trip to Florida.  I went in a reef store and they had the most amazing solid bright red and solid yellow seahorses.  They must have been Erectus. The guy said they were from the Caribbean.  They were only $30.  The guy fed them and they ate live.   I wished I would have had a way or found a way to get them home.  I've never seen anything like them.  I've had yellow seahorses, but not like those beauties.

If I could have any sea creature..... Leafy sea dragons. If I could actually care for them properly.   

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« Reply #10 posted: 4 years ago »
I wonder if they were WC reidi.  H.reidi are definitely the most vibrantly coloured that I think I have ever seen, although the captive bred reidi seem to be much more muted colours.

This is a female that I had years ago.  She was WC and belonged to someone else for a couple of years before I had her.


She then changed to a vibrant yellow....absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #11 posted: 4 years ago »
Wow, she is a beauty!!  They may have been The ones I saw were solid,  no markings at all. They almost looked
Plastic until they moved. No spots stripes or saddle markings.   Of course it was ten years ago.   My memory could be faulty.   
( when I say I would want a leafy, who wouldn't!
But only if tons of them were being successfully captive bred)
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She really was a pretty girl.  I was lucky to have been given her.

Would have loved to have seen those seahorses, they sound lovely!

I hear you about the leafy dragons.....they really are something quite special.
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« Reply #13 posted: 4 years ago »
I've seen some pictures of amazingly bright H. erectus from Florida.  So it really could go either way; H. reidi are more rare there, but they're definitely around Florida. Sadly most collectors don't know the difference, and label brightly colored ones H. reidi, and darker ones H. erectus.

Here is a H. erectus from Blue Heron Bridge in FL:

IMG_0268wa by mentalblock_DMD, on Flickr

I have been trying to convince a friend that goes diving in FL to hand collect some H. reidi for me (because she knows enough about seahorses to tell the difference.) but I'm not sure I have her convinced. I think the H. reidi there are actually a different species than the ones we see on the market from Brazil and really want to get my hands on some. I'm hoping going straight from collector to myself would help with survival. I may even have to learn to dive myself so I could collect them!
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« Reply #14 posted: 4 years ago »
Wow, that really is a stunning seahorse!

Oh, that would be pretty exciting to do it and see them yourself.  At least you would be able to see that they look healthy to begin with!  Are you allowed to take seahorses direct from the sea?  Would you need to apply for a license first?

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