Dwarf Seahorse

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


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Care Level: Difficult

Minimum Tank Requirements: 10 Gallons

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Safe: No

Temperament: Peaceful


Product Description

Dwarf Seahorse, Hippocampus zosterae, are a common shallow water species of Seahorses found throughout coastal Florida and the Caribbean.  They prefer sheltered bay waters or estuaries and are rarely found in open exposed areas. In an aquarium, they do quite well but require live food, so they are probably a more difficult critter to keep than most fish or invertebrates. The picture is very beautiful specimen but we don’t want to mislead anybody that all of the dwarf Seahorses are going to look like this. We can not take any color request but we will send you a nice variety. The most common live food used in captivity is newly hatched brine shrimp, but they will also eat copepods and other small “pods”. We recommend to keep 4 or more in tank. They are between 0.5 and 1.5 inches .

They should be kept in a smaller aquarium, with no other fish or shrimp present, and no anemones, corals, or mushrooms.  Small hermit crabs, snails, sponges, and other nano critters can be mixed with them, but they are very weak swimmers and even things like starfish can catch and eat them, so are on the side of caution.  Avoid power filters and strong aeration (use sponge filters). Corals and some organism on live rock can burn them. They really like hitching posts like gorgonians, sponges and stringy algae (Cheato, Caulerpa, etc).  Dwarf seahorses will breed regularly in captivity and the babies are fairly easy to raise on baby brine shrimp.

Please check out our lot prices for volume discounts. Here is a break down of the individual prices for the Dwarf Seahorse if you order bigger quantities:

2 Pairs = $7.00

3 Pairs = $6.75

10 Lot= $6.25

25 Lot = $6.00

Please Note:  Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined.  All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system.  If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank.  If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak.  We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we don’’t always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed.  A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.

8 reviews for Dwarf Seahorse

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christina (verified owner)

    A great company and if you have questions they’ll respond and answer you

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Megan (verified owner)

    Love mine. KP Aquatics sent me 2 extra(although one passed in shipping, I blame UPS. I was outside when he brought it in and I was watching him flip the box around getting it out of the truck. Then when he saw I was out there, I think he noticed it said live fish.) All were eating by the end of the day. The remaining 7 are beautiful. 2 have changed black or green to camouflage, along with majority white and yellow. Every night my female has been swimming around for about 10 minutes at a time sucking up brine shrimp!

    Also, I’ve noticed the males remain more stationary, so if you notice a few not moving off one plant, see if they have a pouch.

    I will be purchasing more!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simon (verified owner)

    Don’t be fooled by your sense of “too good to be true”, because this is the real deal. VERY healthy, very active, very colorful, amazing deal, expert service, and fantastic specimens.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Phelps

    I ordered 3 pairs and Ken/Lara sent me 3 males and 4 females! They arrived well packed and there was no problems getting them adjusted to thier new home! As a matter of fact all 7 began eating pods within 15 minutes of finding good hitches in the grass! Thank you for the extra lil girl and thank you so much for sending two pregnant males!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Strieber

    I have placed many orders with Ken, He always ships quality specimens! Highly recommended.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felecia Williamson

    I have placed 3 separate orders:

    02/08/10 ordered 10
    02/23/10 ordered 6
    03/16/10 ordered 3 (today)

    I have not been disappointed yet. I was truly amazed at how healthy the horses were and began feeding immediately.

    Not to mention the various colors pastel green, charcoal, orange and many other colors.

    I highly recommend these tiny, cute, and precious dwarf seahorses for a dedicated hobbyist who is willing to go the extra mile to be sure that they are well fed live brine shrimp.

    I plan on placing another order in 2 weeks for more seahorses.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Harrington

    I recieved 4 dwarf seahorses on 2/12/10. They are absolutely adorable. They arrived in great condition and they were packed very well for the cold weather. Thanks Ken for another great order.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Candace Pike

    Beautiful, delicate little guys. They’re always breeding for me! As long as you have the dedication to keep up with their requirements, they’re very rewarding.

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