Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Seahorse husbandry has advanced quite a bit in recent years, with several species having now been bred in captivity. One stumbling block, however, is the near impossibility of keeping Seahorses with other marine creatures. Seahorses are slow, methodical hunters, and the live foods they require are also favored by other fishes. In typical community aquariums, food is gobbled up by other species before the Seahorses even know its feeding time. But there are some options…following are a few creatures that I’ve experimented with over the years.
Pipefishes are classified with Seahorses in the order Syngnathiformes, and are also confirmed live-food specialists that hunt in a similarly slow manner. They are the best choice as Seahorse companions –all those I’ve kept have gotten along very well with Seahorses.
The Banded Pipefish, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus, strikingly marked in red and yellow, makes a spectacular tank mate for tropical Seahorses. Read More »