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Pros & Cons of various species?

« posted: 4 years ago »
So if you've seen my introduction thread, you know that I'm setting up a system for some seahorses.  My plan was to get erectus, but recently I've been contemplating perhaps a different species.  I saw some tiger tails an the LFS, and while I would not purchase there (these we from Asia, probably net pen raised so essentially wild caught), I was really struck by the stripped pattern.  I know also the reidi, and reidi-erectus crosses are also readily available from breeders in the US.

Erectus would seem to have some advantage if I were ever to try to raise fry, since they can start with enriched bbs, and the fact that they hitch right away.  Are there other advantages/disadvantages between the available species, assuming all come from quality breeders?

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« Reply #1 posted: 4 years ago »
I'd say that H. comes are a more difficult species to keep that H. erectus. They tend to be shy and reserved. They also tend to sit in one place. I call mine lumps. I love them; they're one of my favorite species, and they are quite beautiful. But they are not as interactive as a lot of seahorses. In the wild, they tend to live in a very small area. On reefs, it's about 1m squared.

They also seem to be more touchy to water quality, and get sick easier. Now, that's not to say I wouldn't get them, but it's good to know what you're getting into. Their young do require copepods before moving on to bbs. They sometimes need to be target fed because they don't chase down food as actively as other seahorses.

H. erectus, on the other hand, are the "bullet proof" seahorses. All seahorses fall somewhere in the intermediate level of difficulty, but H. erectus fall on the easier side of that. They also come to the front of the tank to beg (H. comes juveniles will do this, but the adults lose this as they grow). They have dramas that play out, and are big flirts. They also have a wider range of colors - many end up grey or brown but they can range from green to pink, to orange or yellow. Red is sometimes seen. For a long time, I eshewed them for other species, but now that I've been keeping them for a few years, I can't imagine NOT having them.

My honest suggestion would be to start out with H. erectus, and if you're still interested in H. comes, add a tank later for them. Because you can never have too many tanks. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. :)
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« Reply #2 posted: 4 years ago »
You've also given me a great idea for an article! I think I should write one on the different species that are commonly available and their difficulty, along with a brief paragraph that describes each.
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« Reply #3 posted: 4 years ago »
Thanks, Tami, that is just the kind of information I was looking for.

I'll never forget the seahorses at Ocean Rider that were doing their best to jump out of the water when we approached them!

BTW, my original post has this note:

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« Reply #4 posted: 4 years ago »
I can only speak of H. erectus, but I love mine!  Great personality!

I too had looked at other species originally like  H. reidi and H. Kuda.   I'm very happy that Tami had pointed me to H. erectus. 

Like Tami said, you don't have to have just one tank, lol.