Re:seahorse life span

Pete Giwojna

Dear Amanda:

Congratulations on your mated pairs! A healthy interest in breeding and mating is a sure sign that your seahorses feel right at home in your aquarium.

As a rule, captive-bred-and-raised seahorses are highly gregarious animals that very much appreciate the company of others of their kind and are accustomed to being surrounded by other seahorses. So introducing another female as a potential mate for your bachelor male should not disrupt your herd or cause any problems, provided that adding a new seahorse won’t make your aquarium overcrowded her over catch the biofilter.

However, I wouldn’t do it unless you can obtain a female that is the same species as the rest of your seahorses. Two seahorses of different species are unlikely to pair up and mate. They will occasionally do so, but even when intraspecific crossbreeding occurs, the hybrid offspring that result are generally undesirable for various reasons.

So let’s see if we can identify your green seahorses first, and then we can try to find your lonely stallion a suitable mate of the same species. If you can provide us with a good photograph or two and a better description of your seahorses, we will have a much better chance of identifying the species, and we can proceed from there.

Best of luck with your new seahorses, Amanda! Here’s hoping your mated pairs provide you with plenty of healthy offspring!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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