WOW! Some things you should know, because this is insane pricing. Before anything, dwarf seahorses are said to be the most difficult species of seahorse. They need a constant supply of live food (pods
, newly hatched brine shrimp). They're not like other fish which only need to be fed once every 1-3 days. Also require constant parameters which means temp can't fluctuate a lot and nitrates have to be as low as possible. If you have never kept SW
, this is definitely not recommended. *edit: The H. Erectus is not a dwarf seahorse, but still for more advanced aquarists.
You can't have corals that would harm the seahorses. Zoas, mushrooms, etc. Basically anything without stinging tentacles so to speak. Macroalgae is great.
For dwarf seahorses, you'll want a small tank to concentrate the food. The 8 gallon is good. Just an example of how ridiculous the pricing is (not to mention the $35+ shipping you'll be paying).
They sell the 16 gallon Nuvo tank and extras for $1450.
2 seahorses - 2 H. Erectus farm raised ($65 ea. on some websites)
4 hitching posts (faux plants, corals) ($30 max on decorations/macroalgae)
SeaChem Prime -$4
SeaChem Stability -$14
Live dry sand (how is it live if it's dry?) -$30 (or you can go bare bottom & will be easier to get all debri at bottom)
Red Sea Master Salt water testing kit -$50-60
Instant Ocean salt -$12-19 (depending on size)
16 gallon professional designer glass tank -$350
Tank Filter and 3 month filter supply-$20
day / night lights -comes with nuvo tank
Care guide- can get free info on google/books
Total: $627 max
Researching and comparing prices really saves money! Reference pricing from marinedepot.com (Innovative Marine 16 Gallon Nano Aquarium w/ 2 x 8 Watt 14000K Skkye Light Clamp LED Light
and saltcritters for the seahorses. Give some useful info on how they keep theirs:
Dwarf Seahorses - SaltCritters
You could get a 10-20 gallon tank on sale at Petco for $10-20 and a $10-20 sponge filter (or airline tubing w/ pump...don't want too much flow). There are way cheaper all in one tanks also. Like the ecoxotic 5 gallon (though the filter is prob. too powerful). Maybe start a nano reef and later try seahorses. Good luck