Pete Giwojna

Dear Brad:

If your Hippocampus erectus are one and a half years old, sir, they are fully mature and capable of breeding. This species normally hit sexual maturity around the age of five or six months and some Hippocampus erectus seahorses breed successfully as young as 4-6 months of age, although young, inexperienced pairs often produce unusually small broods at first.

Hippocampus erectus has an enormous range of the wild, crossing many lines of latitude, with a normal gestation period of anywhere from 14-30 days, depending primarily on water temperature. In the aquarium, gestation for erectus is usually 2-3 weeks. Furthermore, it is typical for a breeding male to re-mate within 24-48 hours of delivering his latest brood, so mated pairs will often produce a new brood of young about once a month during the breeding season.

In the wild, the breeding season for our native American H. erectus begins in April and lasts until the seahorses move into deep water with the onset of winter, with late spring through late summer being the heart of their breeding season in the wild. But the Southern populations of erectus may breed year-round, and that’s also often the case when they are kept under aquarium conditions, although breeding still may taper off during the winter months.

Best of luck with your seahorses, Brad. Here’s hoping that they will soon begin producing regular broods for you.

Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

America's Only Seahorse Aqua-Farm and One of Hawaii's Most Popular Attractions

Ocean Rider seahorse farm is a consistent Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner and "Top 10 Things To Do" Kona, Hawaii attraction. Our "Magical Seahorse Tours" are educational and fun for the whole family.

Tour tickets are available for Purchase On-Line. Space is limited and subject to availability.

small seahorse Ocean Rider, Inc. is an Organic Hawaiian-Based Seahorse Aqua-Farm & Aquarium that Follows Strict Good Farming Practices in Raising Seahorses and Other Aquatic Life.

Seahorse Hawaii Foundation

Inspiring ocean awareness by saving the endangered seahorse and sea dragons around the world from extinction through conservation, research, propagation, and education.

Help us save the seahorse and the coral reefs they live in with a tax deductible contribution to the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation. You will be helping to protect and propagate over 25 species of endangered seahorses, sea dragons and friends.

Make A Tax-Deductible Donation Today!

A Different Kind of Farm (Video) »

Ocean Rider Kona Hawaii

Ocean Rider Kona Hawaii
Seahorse Aqua-Farm & Tours

73-4388 Ilikai Place

Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740

Map & Directions


Contact Ocean Rider

Copyright ©1999-2023
All Rights Reserved | Ocean Rider Inc.

My Online Order Details

Purchase Policy

Site Terms and Conditions