Re:Reef Ready Tank

Pete Giwojna

Dear Billie:

Hey, that’s good news! It’s a relief to hear that your seahorse is not having a problem with positive buoyancy and is not experiencing any breathing difficulty, but rather has just developed an unusual affinity for the water pump. You never can tell what’s going to catch a seahorse’s fancy when it comes to hitching posts, and all too often they’ll take a liking to the heater cord or siphon tube or if voting thermometer for no apparent reason.

In your case, I suspect that what attracts him to the water pump is the increased flow, and that’s just fine providing you have screened off the intake for the water pump and moved it low enough in the aquarium so that the increased depth can help protect the seahorse against gas bubble problems.

Continue to monitor his behavior and check your water quality parameters, especially the dissolved oxygen levels, but as long as he’s eating well and can swim normally when he’s not hitched to the water pump, then I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Best wishes with all your fishes, Billie!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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