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Dwarf Seahorse Profile - Facts, Information, Pictures of the Dwarf Seahorse

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Dwarf Seahorse Profile - Facts, Information, Pictures of the Dwarf Seahorse Photo contributed by JGOERDT

Identification:

  • Family: Syngnathidae (Seahorses, Pipefishes, and Leafy Seadragons)
  • Subfamily: Hippocampinae
  • Species: Hippocampus zosterae
  • The Dwarf Seahorse can range in color from yellow to black, depending on their environment.

    Common Names:

    Dwarf Seahorse.

    Distribution:

    Western Atlantic Ocean, from Bermuda to the Bahamas, southern Florida and the entire Gulf of Mexico.

    Maximum Size:

    Under 2".

    Characteristics and Compatibility:

    Due to its small size, the Dwarf Seahorse requires a tank with low water flow. This Seahorse is a great candidate for a micro or mini tank and may be kept together in small "herds".

    Diet and Feeding:

    Seahorses should be fed live or (if they will take it) vitamin enriched frozen or freeze-dried mysid shrimp. Seahorses should be fed several times per day with food available for 20 to 30 minutes per feeding. Wild caught Seahorses may be slow to accept frozen or freeze-dried mysid shrimp as food to begin with and may have to be fed live foods (such as live Brine Shrimp) until they are weaned onto prepared foods. Tank raised Seahorses are normally trained to accept frozen or freeze-dried mysis shrimp at an early age and will make the transition to your tank much more easily than wild caught.

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