BCA seahorses is a completely new project for the 2009 year. While breeding and selling is at the complete opposite end of the specture, we are starting to get more serious about keeping reidi or kellogi seahorses.
Seahorses are truely best kept in their own tank. The key for a seahorse tank is to keep the water flow down. They dont swim very well so a strong current will cause them problems. The filteration doesnt need to be the best as seahorses dont produce that much waste. Prehaps biological filtertation only is good for a seahorse tank. I recommend the use of a spray bar water return as it allows for a weaker current around the whole tank. Live sand would also be a very good idea. Seahorses tend to be picky to feed so by having live sand, it allows for growth of copepods and other crustations. Live rock should be provided for biological filteration. The key decor is plants. I use plenty of Tonga Branch Live Rock in my seahorse tank, along with this i use cheato morpha algae to grow copepods as well it gives the seahorses something to hold one to. Try using fake decor, bright coloration to encourage the seahorses to change colors to a brighter yellow. Other than that, seahorses dont produce that much waste so a powerful filter may be problematic for them. Remember that seahorses will grow rather large and be better off in a high aquarium of around 50 gallons or more.
Wild caught seahorses will usually be harder to get to feed then their tank raised counterparts. Live brine shrimp is often readly excepted but it doesnt have much value. You can try enriching it with a product called selcon. Tank raised seahorses will often feed on frozen foods. This is much better as most will eat a highly nurtientius food called frozen mysis shrimp. They come in either flat packs or cubes, allow it to float around your tank but only what they can eat within 10 minutes. I also add some live copepods. They are a great sign to know your tank is established and doing well. You can also buy cultures of them and add them directly into your tank or refugum. They will eat cheatomorpha so i do recommend adding some into the main aquarium.
Overall i am very happy with my decision to work with seahorses, I decided to try Hippocampus Kellogi and they have been a disappointment. They are tank bred so they are feeding off of frozen mysis. They are alittle difficult to care for than most novice fishkeepers can give them, so make sure you are experienced in saltwater fishkeeping and make sure you can them the special care they need.
We Have a pair of small Kellogi’s so i expect them to breed in the future, The more common species are the Reidi’s and Erctus so be sure to check back often for our progess in breeding tank raised Hippocampus Kellogi.