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December 11, 2006 at 7:22 am #1035flyinglantisMember
Hi. I\’m new to seahorses and marine aquariums in general but I do have experience with freshwater aquariums.
I\’ve been reading up on the requirements for the different breeds of seahorses so I can make the best decision for setting up a suitable aquarium. The question i have is would it be possible to house Pixies and Mustangs together in the same aquarium (I\’m leaning towards a 50gal set-up for starters) or are their requirements so different that this wouldn\’t be practical? I do know from the information on this website that a small aquarium is recommended for Pixies, but wouldn\’t it be possible to house them in a larger aquarium with other seahorses if the aquarium was set up properly?
HowardDecember 11, 2006 at 2:47 pm #3145KrisGuest
Pixies only eat live foods, such a large aqaurium for them would present a problem with feeding density.
The 50 gal. would be excelent for a starter tank and Mustangs(H. erectus). You could keep a pair or two very nicely in that tank. The size also allows for better water. In smaller tanks the water tends to degrade faster.
My advise would be to set up a small tank for the pixies and a large tank for the erectus. I’m not saying keeping the two can’t be done, but I think you’ll be happier keeping them apart till you’ve got more experience.
Regards KrisDecember 11, 2006 at 6:25 pm #3150Pete GiwojnaGuest
Kris is correct, sir — a 50 gallon aquarium is an excellent choice for the larger breeds of seahorses such as Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus), which are ideal for beginners. However, it’s not a good idea to try to keep the larger species such as H. erectus together with the dwarf species such as Pixies (H. zosterae). Although the Pixies and Mustangs have virtually identical aquarium requirements, their different feeding requirements make it difficult and inadvisable to try to keep the two together.
As Kris explained, it would be impractical and wasteful to attempt to maintain an adequate feeding density of newly-hatched brine shrimp for the Pixies in a 50-gallon aquaria. Even if you could manage the feat, the baby brine shrimp would be an annoying nuisance for the Mustangs. The newly hatched brine shrimp are far too insignificant for the Mustangs to eat and they tend to irritate them by clogging up their tufted gills when the Mustangs breathe.
Pixies are pint-size pigmy ponies — no larger than your thumbnail when fully grown — and they would get lost in a 50-gallon aquarium, meaning that they would be all but unnoticeable in an aquarium that size. You really need a much smaller aquarium to do these miniature marvels justice.
If you are interested in both the Pixies and Mustangs, it’s best to set up separate aquariums for each of them. That’s really not as burdensome as it may sound, since a 2-5 gallon pixie tank can be set up very simply and economically.
There have been a couple of other discussions on the Ocean Rider Club message board regarding Pixies or dwarf seahorses that you might also find to be of interest, so please check out the following links when you have a chance. They will give you a better idea of the type of setup that works best for these prolific little ponies:
Click here: Seahorse.com – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:Setting up my very firs
Click here: Seahorse.com – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:Dwarfs – Ocean Rider Cl
Click here: Seahorse.com – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:pixies – Ocean Rider Cl
Best of luck determining the ideals seahorse setup for your needs and interests, Howard!
Pete GiwojnaDecember 12, 2006 at 9:52 am #3153flyinglantisGuest
Thanks for the information. I wasn’t aware that the baby brine shrimp would be a nuisance to the Mustangs. I also didn’t realize the problems that I would encounter with feeding density in a large aquarium. It looks like I’ll be setting up two aquariums. The 50gal for the Mustangs and a 5gal for the Pixies.
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