Many people love to keep seahorses as pets. But you should remember that these marine animals need utmost care and attention at all times. Let's get to know some important points to keep in mind you before you bring them home.
The species from tropical waters need about 71º F to 78º F water temperature. Subtropical species require 68º F to 74º F water temperature and species from the temperate region need about 64º F to 71º F. A beginner should start out with tropical species as it is easier to stabilize the temperature of a tropical tank.
Install a good filtration system. Make sure the intakes of the filters are well protected as these can be pulled in by the filter powerheads. You should also make sure there are plenty of 'hitching posts' or artificial hold fasts placed in the tank. This is because they need something to cling on when resting.
Seahorses like all pets have specific feeding requirements. When you bring them home, you need to feed them frozen mysis. There are frozen foods available in the market and need to be fed twice a day daily. You can even substitute live food once a week.
Other options include small krill, brine shrimp, live ghost shrimp. Make sure you do not feed brine shrimp more than once a week. Brine shrimp may come cheap, but it will cause your pet to starve. You need to feed them more than just brine shrimp, if you want them to survive.
If you are interested in having a few other species in your tank, you can get home a few clean-up mates. These include Astrea snail, Feather Dusters, Turbo snail, Nerite snail, Nassarius snail, Trochus snail, Cerith snail, etc. You can even add blue legged hermit crab, peppermint shrimp or grass shrimp as a tank mate.