Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Red Sea Reefer 170

  • This topic has 2 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 8 years ago by shranch.
Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #2114
    shranch
    Member

    Hi Pete,

    I’m thinking of helping a friend set up a seahorse tank for smaller seahorses than I’m working with (abdominalis). While I used to have erectus, it’s been awhile. Do you think a Red Sea Reefer 170 would be appropriate for a pair of erectus, a helfrichi firefish, and a blue-spotted jawfish? With the aquarium and sump, I believe the total volume is 43 gallons. The aquarium itself is 34 gallons with dimensions of 24″ x 20″ x 20″. Would that height be a problem when trying to accomodate both a jawfish and the seahorses?

    Thanks!

    #5851
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear hobbyist:

    My experience with the blue-spotted jawfish has been that they are rather delicate, sensitive fish that can get stressed out very easily. They tend to be rather spookish and skittish in the aquarium, which makes them pretty challenging to keep long term, although they are amazing little fish with tons of personality once they have been successfully established in an aquarium.

    I wouldn’t recommend this particular species for anything but very experienced marine aquarists who have a well established aquarium with a fully mature deep live sand at their disposal.

    I would recommend that you do considerable research on the lovely blue-spotted jawfish before you consider adding one to your aquarium. Once established, the seahorses and spectacular firefish would make good take mates for the jawfish, which requires only the most peaceful, passive, non-aggressive take mates.

    But even so, the blue-spotted jawfish is going to be stressed when you add the ponies or the firefish for a matter of weeks until it becomes accustomed to them, and the jawfish will be stressed out and vulnerable in the interim regardless of how nonoffensive the seahorses and firefish are by nature.

    You might want to consider substituting a pearly jawfish instead of the blue-spotted jawfish in your lineup, since I have found that the pearly jawfish are much more hardy and adaptable.

    A bed of sand and gravel 4-6 inches deep is necessary for the jawfish to be able to construct a suitable burrow or tunnel in most cases, so in a tank that is 20 inches deep, that’s going to leave you with only 14 or 15 inches of water depth, which could become problematic.

    I would generally prefer an aquarium 24 inches tall to accommodate the deep live sand bed, since you will not be able to locate the sand bed in your sump if you will be keeping a jawfish.

    Perhaps you would consider substituting another very colorful and gentle, but much more hardy aquarium specimens such as a Royal Gramma (Gramma loretto) instead? The magenta-and-bright yellow bicolor Royal Gramma is a glorious aquarium fish that is very peaceful, makes a great tankmate for seahorses, and really glows under Osram GroLux or ColorMax florescent lighting.

    The Royal Gramma would be perfectly happy in an aquarium with a shallow bed of live sand 1-2 inches deep.

    Best wishes with all your fishes!

    Respectfully,
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

    #5853
    shranch
    Guest

    Thank you for the input, Pete! You confirmed my suspicions. I’ll have my friend substitute another fish that doesn’t require a deep sand bed and is less delicate.

Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

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


808-329-6840

Contact Ocean Rider


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

My Online Order Details

Purchase Policy

Site Terms and Conditions