These are my first seahorses. I have heard about the high maintenance issues as well, I do not see that as a problem in my circumstance as my husband says I am obsessive/compulsive about these tanks anyway.
There are a couple of things that you can do to make your life easier from the beginning. One of them, I have learned, is to only buy captive-bred ponies. This is more expensive, but they live longer, feed on frozen foods and are all over more durable and hardy.
Last night, we had one baby born. I believe it was due to the stress of shipping etc. I do not think he is carrying more as his pouch is rather empty. At least we know he can have a baby or two
Maybe some day in the future....who knows.