Brazilian Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi)

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Brazilian Seahorse

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Brazilian Seahorse

Hippocampus reidi

114 Litres (30 US G.)

15.2-20.3cm (6-8 ")

pH

8.1 - 8.4

21.1-23.3°C (70 -74 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods

3-5 years

Family

Syngnathidae



Additional names

Brazilian Seahorse, Great Brazilian Seahorse, Longsnout Seahorse, Slender Seahorse


Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in the Western Atlantic, from Bermuda to Brazil.


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Once mature, the males have pouches on their abdomen, the females have none.


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

They will do best in species tanks. Fast aggressive fish must be avoided. Peaceful community fish may out-compete the Seahorse to food. Clams must also be avoided as they might close on the Seahorse. Crabs and hermits can damage this fragile fish.


Diet[edit | edit source]

An ambush predator, they will not hunt for food around the tank and are best target fed with foods such as frozen mysis shrimp, krill or red shrimp. Some may be fussy and take only live food.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed these fish twice a day, target feed.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs an SG of 1.020-1.025 and a tank at least 16" high. The tank should be mature and the water quality should be excellent. There should not be too much current and plenty of décor for the Seahorse to hang on to.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Peaceful fish, like most seahorses, not overly active and slow swimmers. Will spend their days snuffling for food and interacting with other seahorses.


Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish is coloured in various shades of yellow, from red to mustard yellow, often with darker spots across the body.

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