Fuscus Seahorse Female Tank Bred



Fuscus Seahorse Female Tank Bred, or Sea Pony

  •  Fuscus Seahorse Female Tank Bred
  • Hippocampus fuscus
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Habitat: Marine
  • Group Size: pair or group
  • Place of origin: Tank bred
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally yes

Tank Bred Female Fuscus Seahorse, Hippocampus fuscus, also go by the name Sea Pony. These fish make are great options for marine tanks and are fun to keep.

Seahorses get their name from their elegant, elongated snout and curved neck which resembles a horse. In fact, their Etymology is “horse” (hippos) and “sea monster” (kámpos)

Seahorse, pipefish and sea dragons all belong to the Syngnathidae family. These ray finned fish have an strange body plan. For instance, Fuscus seahorses swim vertically in the water, rather than horizontally. An adaptation thought to help them to hide in seagrasses. Seahorses use their dorsal fin for forward motion, while other ray finned fish use their tail and caudal fin. Instead of a caudal fin, Seahorses have a flexible tail they use for grasping.

Fuscus Seahorse Female Tank Bred Ecology

Our Fuscus Seahorse have been born in captivity. In the wild, Fuscus Seahorses occur in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. They live around Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. Possibly around: South Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius as well. Female Fuscus Seahorses live in sheltered areas such as lagoons and can be found in eelgrass beds.

Arguably, seahorses are most famous for their unusual reproduction. Courtship can include dances and colour changes depending on the species. The female will deposit her eggs into a brood pouch on the male’s ventral side. He will then fertilize and carry his eggs. For Fuscus seahorses, it takes around 14 days for the babies to be born, although temperature does have an effect. Fuscus Seahorses are monogamous.

Sea PonyHippocampus fuscus, in the aquarium

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies where your Tank bred Female Fuscus Seahorse can anchor itself and feel at home.

Seahorses do best when fed a varied diet. Here they are eating frozen Mysis, frozen brineshrimp, frozen copepods, ocean nutrition fish eggs. We enrich all our frozen food with seachem garlic guard and Atvitol vitamins. These are imperative for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune systems and increase longevity.

In addition, Tank bred Female Fuscus Seahorses will also eat live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. They will even occasionally go after river shrimp, which can be interesting to watch. Our seahorses are adapted to aquarium life before being offered up for sale. Meaning they are eating frozen food when they leave us.

You can keep Seahorses in pairs or groups. They are not the fastest of swimmers so keepers may wish to use a feeder or tweezers. Feel free to give us a call for advice on a seahorse set up and keeping.


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