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amphipods and copepods as live food?

« posted: 3 years ago »
I have an opportunity to purchase a large and (hopefully) self sustaining quantity of amphipods and copepods for a marine tank. I was wondering, would Seahorse's eat these? Would that be enough sustenance?

It would certainly help if they could feed themselves when they are hungry and I don't have to worry about feeding times.

If anyone could let me know either through this format or directly with any experience , please?

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« Reply #1 posted: 3 years ago »
Nope.
Adult seahorses (save dwarf seahorses) will only eat large pods, i.e. amphipods. And they'll eat them quicker than your system can produce them. I've seen this tried, and the seahorses subsist on them for a while, but never really get enough nourishment, so they waste away over a period of several months.

They really need separate feedings, 2x a day for adults, 3 or more for juveniles. I wish I had better news!
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« Reply #2 posted: 3 years ago »
Oh, and Welcome to Fusedjaw! Thanks for joining! Please feel free to ask any other questions! :)
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« Reply #3 posted: 3 years ago »
Welcome to FJ,

The amphipods are easy to culture and makes a great addition to their diet. But as Tami stated, they will make quick work of it in the tank.

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Food, companions, lights and water flow?

« Reply #4 posted: 3 years ago »
What else can I feed them? Will they eat frozen Mysis shrimp?  Would it be possible to keep mild fish such as Watcher Goby or similar temperament creatures?  Do they need moderate or low volume flow and low lights as well?

As you can tell I am new to these but looking forward to this.

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« Reply #5 posted: 3 years ago »
If you get captive bred seahorses, they should be feeding on frozen mysis. Always go with a breeder when possible, fish stores often get in tank raised seahorses that are too small or aren't doing well, and larger ones are usually wild caught, so won't take frozen food.

You still should try to offer a varied diet even if mysis is the staple. Offering other foods, like brine shrimp and small krill will help keep their diet diverse, but mysis tends to be the main diet in captivity. If you can grow amphipods, they would be appreciated. Copepods are too small and generally ignored (unless you're raising babies!)

Yes, very peaceful fish can be kept with them. Gobies in general are a good choice. Stay away from blennies. Dragonettes are another popular choice.
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« Reply #6 posted: 3 years ago »

   My seahorses have mysis and krill twice a day then twice a week they have some live brine shrimp,sometimes I will enrich it,also I will give my erectus some live river shimp.Have tried it with my kudas,but for some reason they don't eat them,but have found with the erectus they are gone within minutes.
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