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September 27, 2006 at 3:06 pm #950cpbartakMember
I\’ve just started gathering the components for a nice 100 gallon tank for seahorses. I have been fascinated by these creatures for quite some time and can\’t wait to get everything ready for them!
The other day while perusing liveaquaria.com I came across the Dragon Sea moth. The site noted that seahorses and pipefish make great tankmates for these creatures. Upon further research, I found out that Dragon Sea moth is in some way related to seahorses as well. I would not consider keeping a dragon sea moth because liveaquaria indicated that they are difficult to keep and I\’m just getting started. However, I am still very interested in learning about these strange creatures. Unfortunately, the internet has very little information available on them. Have any of you had experience with Dragon sea moths? What\’s their disposition typically like? What makes them difficult to care for? Do they seem to get along with seahorses or do they just tolerate each other?
Any information would be much appreciated!
ChrisOctober 23, 2006 at 7:07 am #2941Saint2966Guest
:ohmy: Hi Chris,
Your little seamoth would make an excellent friend to the ponies, However if Im not mistaken he is on the redlist as a threatened species. I have already looked into him for my aquarium companion. The reason they are difficult in the hobby is due to the depth they normally live in the wild, it is hard to duplicate this in an aquarium setting. They also are heavy eaters and would be as difficult to feed from my understanding as seahorse fry. They also prefer hanging in pairs, so for the sake of stress buy two. And this is probably not practical due to the rareity, as well as price of them. If you need more info try doing a search engine on the scientific name Eurypegasus Draconis, They are also known as Dwarfish, little moths, and dragonfish be careful with the latter make sure the scientific name applies. You may order something off the internet without photo and wind up with a snake looking creature with the teeth and appetite of a pirahna. My suggestion is to hold out till OR gets us some tank raised pipefish for companions. I have studied or tried everything else. LOL Good Luck with your search. Hey pete how’d I do. Smile
CindyOctober 23, 2006 at 11:57 pm #2942Pete GiwojnaGuest
You hit it right on the button! That sums up the situation with the exotic pegasid sea moths very nicely.
Thank you very much for pitching in and sharing your understanding of sea moths with the group, Cindy. Nice job!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Cindy!
Pete GiwojnaOctober 26, 2006 at 9:06 pm #2954cpbartakGuest
Thank you so much for the detailed reply about this fascinating creature! I learned a lot from the reply that I hadn’t come across elsewhere.
ChrisNovember 30, 2006 at 3:40 am #3121monacoplcGuest
I’ve had a pair (2 of them but not completely sure if they are male/female combo) for over 1 year now and they have been doing great but I do have a large 130G well stablished Reef System. I got them as juveniles and they have grown quite a bit.
A few things to consider:
-A large (minimum 90G tank) with emphazis on lenght and not height since they are bottom dweller swimmers.
-A well stablished reef tank
They are not that hard to feed, but keep in mind that I’m saying this because I have seahorses that needed to be trained to feed on a frozen diet and my Sea Moths were no different. It took me about 1 month when I first got them to teach them to eat frozen food, so you need to have the ability to provide with live food until they switch over. Now they love frozen mysis shrimp, cyclops and Zooplankton. I also have a well stablished colony of Amphipods in my refugium and they also forage on these. I feed them using a pipete but I have witnessed them going higher on the rocks to feed on Amphipods. They are wonderful creatures and mine have quite the personality always wondering around the aquarium and stoping by to check me out when I’m looking at the tank.
They have been a wonderful addition to my reef aquarium and eventhough they did not seem so difficult to feed in my case, they do require special attention to their feeding needs.
Hope this helped :p
Post edited by: monacoplc, at: 2006/11/29 22:43November 30, 2006 at 11:46 pm #3129Pete GiwojnaGuest
Congratulations on your success with the challenging Dragon Sea Moths! And thank you very much for sharing your experience keeping these fascinating fish with the rest of the group. It sounds like they would make good tankmates for seahorses under the right circumstances and that a diligent aquarist with a knowledge of their specialized aquarium requirements and a suitable system at his or her disposal can feel free to give them a try. They sound like inoffensive, deliberate feeders and fascinating personality fish with interesting behaviors — in short, a good match for seahorses!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Marcela, and thanks again!
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