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« posted: 2 years ago »
Hi everyone Im Gina. New to all this but want to have seahorses. Im reading and educating myself as much as I can before purchasing them. Im going to start with getting a tank and all the stuff needed to care for them and get all that set up. Its so exciting!
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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Welcome MissKitty! It is an exciting addiction!  Glad you found this site, lots of good information and people here!! Have you had any sort of salt water fish before?
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
Welcome MissKitty! It is an exciting addiction!  Glad you found this site, lots of good information and people here!! Have you had any sort of salt water fish before?


I have never had any kind of fish before lol. I know the salt water tank can be a challenge but Im up for it. There is an aquarium shop in my city so Im sure they can help me out if I have an problems.
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Well that is the right attitude! Read read read lol, lots to learn, and read on cleaning and maintenance after  you learn how to cycle. It is expensive to get started but don't scrimp on your protein skimmer, plan on getting one rated for a larger aquarium than the aquarium size you choose.  Your best bet is to keep same sex seahorses for now, breeding and raising fry is a lot of work and expertise.  Keep us posted. 😀
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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
Well that is the right attitude! Read read read lol, lots to learn, and read on cleaning and maintenance after  you learn how to cycle. It is expensive to get started but don't scrimp on your protein skimmer, plan on getting one rated for a larger aquarium than the aquarium size you choose.  Your best bet is to keep same sex seahorses for now, breeding and raising fry is a lot of work and expertise.  Keep us posted. 😀

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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Miss Kitty, my name is Dawn.  Welcome to fusedjaw.  Yes, don't be afraid to ask any questions as you get ready to set up your new tank.  We are here to encourage and help you.
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Hi Miss Kitty, my name is Dawn.  Welcome to fusedjaw.  Yes, don't be afraid to ask any questions as you get ready to set up your new tank.  We are here to encourage and help you.

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« Reply #7 posted: 2 years ago »
Welcome Gina, and thanks for joining! Don't be put off by it being your first time with any aquarium. Believe it or not - many people start with seahorses. And to be honest, they often do better than other experienced aquarists because seahorse keeping is so different than other fish. They do require work and dedication, but as long as you're willing to do the research (and it sounds like you are), they are entirely within the grasp of novice aquarists.

In case you haven't seen them yet, a few articles to help get you started:
So You Want To Set Up A Seahorse Aquarium
A Modern Guide To Buying Seahorses
RayJay’s Thoughts On Seahorse Keeping

Dawn already mentioned, but please feel free to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to post a "build" thread as you are getting set up. Nice to meet you, Gina!
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« Reply #8 posted: 2 years ago »
Welcome Gina, and thanks for joining! Don't be put off by it being your first time with any aquarium. Believe it or not - many people start with seahorses. And to be honest, they often do better than other experienced aquarists because seahorse keeping is so different than other fish. They do require work and dedication, but as long as you're willing to do the research (and it sounds like you are), they are entirely within the grasp of novice aquarists.

In case you haven't seen them yet, a few articles to help get you started:
So You Want To Set Up A Seahorse Aquarium
A Modern Guide To Buying Seahorses
RayJay’s Thoughts On Seahorse Keeping

Dawn already mentioned, but please feel free to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to post a "build" thread as you are getting set up. Nice to meet you, Gina!

Thanks so much for the support guys!
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Where in Ontario are you?
There are two of us with erectus juveniles available and that may be an easier source for you depending on where you are.
I haven't seen anything yet about this topic but most LFS's DON'T have a clue on how to keep seahorses, but often claim they do.
Unfortunately too many stores are only interested in selling you things, not to keep them alive so they don't have to be replaced.
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Where in Ontario are you?
There are two of us with erectus juveniles available and that may be an easier source for you depending on where you are.
I haven't seen anything yet about this topic but most LFS's DON'T have a clue on how to keep seahorses, but often claim they do.
Unfortunately too many stores are only interested in selling you things, not to keep them alive so they don't have to be replaced.

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« Reply #11 posted: 2 years ago »
Well yes then Seahorse Canada is closer for you as I am in London and Yvette is just east of Woodstock.
Seahorse Canada was selling stock that were offspring of the shipment I originally brought in from seahorsecorral.com in Florida some years back so I know the line was definitely true captive bred and not pen raised or tank raised (in the Asian sense)
One thing I advise though and that is to arrange to buy the seahorse from the store right from the bag they get in from Seahorse Canada. You don't want to have the seahorse exposed to pathogens in the store's system as sometimes it can lead to problems.
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