Fish of the Month
Subject: July 2007
JORDAN & GILBERT, 1882
Frequent Names: Dwarf seahorse, pygmy seahorse
Kind Locality: Laguna Grande, Pensacola, Florida
Vary: Bermuda, southern Florida, Bahamas, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico
Taxonomic Troubles: That is the unique identify, however the genus might bear revision quickly.
Dimension: Often a most of three cm (simply over an inch), although specimens as much as 5 cm (2 inches) are sometimes reported.
Most popular Water Chemistry: Subtropical marine. Whereas these fish could be saved at tropical temperatures, they are going to thrive at room temperature—excessive 60s to low 70s. They will deal with a particular gravity of 1.019 to 1.025, so long as it stays steady.
Issue: A really hardy seahorse, however feeding requires an enormous dedication.
Tank Setup: That is one species that wants a small aquarium with a view to focus its meals, because the fish doesn’t actively hunt however waits for a prey merchandise to float by. There needs to be quite a few websites for the fish to seize onto with the prehensile tail—macroalgae, plast
Feeding: A micropredator that may virtually by no means take non-living meals. Newly hatched brine shrimp is ample for fry and adults, however higher is a diverse weight-reduction plan of brine shrimp, small mysis, and ’pods—amphipods and copepods. Except you may assure an uninterrupted
Breeding: Pregnant dads are the rule amongst all seahorses. This species breeds readily in captivity. The feminine deposits her eggs into the males’ brood pouch, the place their infants develop till they’re born. The fry could be left in with the dad and mom or eliminated to a grow-out tank.
Description: The colours and patterns of those little animals are extremely variable, each between people and on a single specimen at completely different occasions. Colours vary from white to brown to black to inexperienced, and patterns could be strong, mottled, marbled, or splotched.
Notes: The dwarf seahorse has been a favourite for many years. Whereas most seahorses are extraordinarily tough to maintain, this species is just reasonably tough, and that’s solely due to the issue of retaining them provided with ample quantities of dwelling meals. Since they will subsist from beginning to dying on brine shrimp nauplii, a devoted aquarist can handle the duty. The most important draw back to this species is their quick lifespan of 12 to 18 months. That is partially countered by their fast replica, with three generations per 12 months potential.