I am interested in the idea of starting a dwarf seahorse tank (well my girlfriend is more than me). I have a 10g tank that has been set up for a month or so with about 7lbs of dry rock and a little of an inch live sand. My goal is to take this slowly. Right now the tank has some nassarius snails in it and a couple of dwarf ceriths. I am just going to lay out my plans and see if I am heading in the right direction.
And to explain furthur, I don't plan on getting seahorses for probably another 6 months or so.
The tank currently has a HOB
filter which I will cover with some panty hose to protect the ponies. It has a koralia nano 225 powerhead, not sure if its too strong. I planted some caluerpa and codium (and a small piece of red gracilaria) yesterday. Its running the stock hood with 50/50 cfls. I have some chaeto coming in tomorrow. I just added a bag (32ish oz) of live rotifers and a bag (32ish oz) of phyto (50/50 mix of Nannochloropsis and Tetramulus). I plan to let the macros grow to create kind of a natural scene without letting them get too out of hand. I was thinking of adding brine shrimp and letting them grow out for awhile too but I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. I know I will still have to regularly feed my seahorses newly hatched brine and enriched brine but is there a way to get a stable enough population of brine and pods
for them to reproduce faster than the seahorses will eat them? I plan to start with 2-4 seahorses and try my hand at breeding. I will probably have a separate brine shrimp/pod grow out tank (i have an extra 10g or I may just buy a 5g). I don't plan on keeping anything with the ponies besides snails (cerith and nassarius). Thats all I can think of right now.
This is what the tank looks like now (ignore the clam, won't be a final part of the tank and may take the turbo out too):
Sorry its sideways! Still green from the phyto.
Thanks for reading, let me know if I am heading down the right path and if anything needs to be changed. And feel free to share honest thoughts.
I currently maintain a 55g sw
reef and a 65g cichlid tank. I have an empty 125g, an empty 55g, and an empty 10g.