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Suitable seahorse tank

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Suitable seahorse tank

« posted: 2 months ago »
I should have researched better what is needed for keeping seahorses. I have already set up a biocube 16, can't return it. Found out right away that it runs too warm. I removed the cover and put an a80 Kessill light on it. It stays right around 73 degrees now even lower if I run a fan on it. But now I am wondering if it still won't work because it is only 16 gallons. Is there anything I can do to make it work for a pair of seahorses.
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Re: Suitable seahorse tank

« Reply #1 posted: 2 months ago »
Sorry, I don't know of anything  reasonable to make it work.
It would take VERY large and VERY frequent water changes, like 5g about every other day IMO.
Best to sell in online to someone and start over I think.
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 months ago »
Unfortunately I totally agree with Ray unless you are thinking of getting dwarf seahorses. The problem with them is they do require a continuous supply of nutritious live food. The absolute minimum tank size for a pair of any of the larger species is 29 gallons. Even a 29 gallon will become too small as they grow. Something like a 60 gallon cube makes a nice long tern home for erectus. I am glad you are researching what seahorses require before you purchase them.
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« Reply #3 posted: 2 months ago »
Thanks for the input. I also purchased a fluval evo v right before the biocube, I was planning on raising dwarf seahorses but my LFS convinced me that they are too difficult and that I should buy the biocube for regular size seahorses. Does anybody have experience with dwarfs?

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« Reply #4 posted: 2 months ago »
Is the biocube 16 too small for seahorses to move around in or is it mostly water quality issue that makes it a bad choice?
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 months ago »
Well they like the room, but IMO it is MOST DEFINITELY a water quality issue.
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 months ago »
I also agree with rayjay and leliataylor about 16 gallons being too small.  You will have the large frequent water changes but if you have any live rock and ornamentations you will find husbandry tedious because you will not have much room to work.  Of course husbandry is very important to maintaining water quality too as any detritus or uneatten food can fuel pathogenic bacteria.
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