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Dwarf Seahorses are not an item for beginner aquarist.
These little Seahorses require Live food daily and a very clean tank to survive.
Dwarf seahorses are a joy to watch. We watch these little guys more than anything else around here.
They require a small, species only aquarium. Please do not put these in your reef tank! A 1 to 5 gallon aquarium is best, the smaller aquarium size helps concentrate the food. The aquarium should have an air tube or sponge filter for water movement (no powerheads, they will suck up the horses!) and a heater. Sponge filters are great for some biological filtration. Walmart has some great neat cheap small tanks that work great for them. They don't need anything fancy.
Dwarf seahorses require a continuous diet of freshly hatched baby brine shrimp. We feed ours daily. They can be housed with Dwarf pipefish, snails and that's about it. Anything else will generally out compete them for food. They like to grasp macroalgae and other items with their tail. Live rock and live sand may contain stinging animals that can be aggressive towards them. We recommend using fake plants and keeping the bottom bare. We use coffee straws and gutter guard glued to frag tiles for them to hold on to. A small water change is needed every few days to help keep the water clean. If you would like a more natural looking tank you can use rock, sand and live macroalgae's. If you got the natural tank look be sure to use dry dead rock and sand since live rock and sand can introduce stinging hydroids.
Water quality must be kept pristine. Ammonia will kill the dwarf seahorses faster than anything. Ammonia will raise rapidly in the small tank so frequent water changes are a MUST.
Dwarf seahorses will breed in the aquarium. The mating ritual is fascinating to observe and they usually mate often. The male will show off for its mate and blow up its pouch, shake and dance, and change different colors. When the eggs are ripe, the female will deposit her eggs inside the male pouch as they travel up the water column together. In about 10-14 days, the male will give birth to an average of 10-30 fry, which are independent from birth and will eat baby brine shrimp. The babies are well developed and use their prehensile tails almost immediately, growing very fast when provided with plenty of newly hatched brine shrimp each day, and will double in size in just 17 days, and after 3 months, will be ready to mate.
Size: Dwarf seahorses are small and only grow to about 1 1/2"
Scientific Name: Hippocampus Zosterae
Color: Dwarf Seahorses are most often white in color but can range from tan, brown, black, yellow and green. Colors are not fixed and may change based on surroundings, diet, stress, mood and other factors.
Feeding and diet: Dwarf Seahorses will only eat Live foods. They need a constant supply of live food. Baby brine shrimp are easy to hatch and supply to them. Feed enough daily so there's still some baby brine shrimp in the tank at the next feeding.
Ammonia and Nitrite: ZERO - Seahorses are extremely sensitive to ammonia.
Nitrate: < 30
All livestock comes with a 14 day Stay Alive Guarantee!
However there are a few rules that must be followed:
1. You must follow our acclimation instructions.
2. If you had us ship your items to a UPS/Fedex center for pickup, you must pick the package up within 2 hours of the center opening.
3. Don't delay the delivery of the package in anyway.
4. Don't remove the frag from the mount. If it falls off during shipping you must send us pictures of the item, in the sealed bag.
If you have a livestock death please contact us via our support page, within 14 days of delivery, with clear photos of the item in your tank and on a sheet of paper along with your order number. We will respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends or holidays.
Please don't discard the livestock until we give you the ok as we may require you to send the dead livestock back for a refund.
We use the delivery time and date stated on the tracking information as the delivery time and date. So even if the carrier delays your package you still receive the 14 day Stay Alive Guarantee.
We will issue you a refund for any dead livestock once it has been properly submitted and approved. Shipping fees are non-refundable.
Our pictures are taken under the Zetlight ZP3600 LED. We try to post two pictures of each coral to give you a better idea to how it may look in your tank. We take one picture with all the leds at full power and one picture with just the blue and violet leds at full power. We can't guarantee an exact color match. So many factors, monitor settings, your eyes, and types of lighting affect color, so it is impossible for us to guarantee an exact color match. Our pictures are shot to represent the items as they appear to us in our photo tank. Please see our Lighting example here.
If you want to add to your order please put a note with your order or email us at Support@SaltCritters.com so we can refund any extra shipping charges.
We have two pickup options for our local customers.
You can meet us at 3pm Tuesday - Thursday at the Greencastle Walmart.
Friday at 3pm at the Brazil Walmart.
Please put what day you want to meet in the order notes. We usually need a day notice. Time is tight so we will only be at these locations for 10min. We will be in a Black Tesla Model 3 at the back of the parking lot (Near the road) in the open so we are easy to find.
You can't miss our car!