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Old 09-28-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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seahorse tank mates?!

I aquired my tank with 3 seahorses (and a bunch of corals) so Im interested in compatability with those…
A list of “tank mates for sea horses” that Ive come across on the web, doesn’t seem to include any angel fish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, puffers, hogfish, tuskfish, damsels, lionfish, snappers, rabitt fish, spadefish, hawkfish, soapfish, anthias fish, foxface, sweet lips, banner fish, toby fish, other damsels (to name the majority of the fish Im interested in, of most intrest are the angel fish and butterfly fish)…If you have any knowledge in this are (or know where I can find some) please inform…

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IMO and IME I did have a SH tank they need to be a species only tank. The fish will out compete the slower seahorse for the pods or prepared foods if you are fortunate enough for them to eat it.


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I agree with Mike that they should be the only species in the tank. Depending on what types of corals you have, they might not be compatible with the seahorses. Some corals needs lots of flow, but seahorses are not good swimmers and can get blown around the tank.
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Jawfish, gobies, certain blennies, small cardinals, firefish, etc. will do just fine with seahorses except for dwarf species.
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Mandarin and Blue stripe Pipfish will also be good tank mates- I would forgo the coral as mention- they don't do well in high flow... Also you may want to check out

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Be careful on the pipefish. I have heard the wild caught pipefish can bring in disease that can be harmful to your seahorses. Make sure to QT
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IME you have to be super careful about any tankmates, if any, you add. We do need more info though.

What species of seahorses?
What size tank?
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most coral will sting the seahorses and since they are fragile animals corals are not recommended for seahorses. added the flow for some this is bad
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In general, most seahorse species need: lower flow, cooler temperature, and lower salinity than other marine species. There are very few species that match the needs of seahorses.

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