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Old 10/10/2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Dwarf seahorse in 14g biocube

I got a 14g biocube for my teenage daughter. I decided not to put in a clown tang and was wondering (in all seriousness) if the tank is tall enough for dwarf seahorses? I know seahorses need a taller tank, but wasn't sure if I could get away with a pair of dwarf seahorses.


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Old 10/10/2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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Dwarf seahorses are tiny and don't particularly need a tall tank. Its the larger seahorses that need the tall tanks. Honestly, a 14 gallon is a bit large for dwarf seahorses. They're so tiny that they'll get lost in that tank and you will have issues getting the food density in the water that you need during feeding time. Most people recommend a 2-5 gallon tank for dwarves or possibly up to a max of 10 gallons. The larger seahorses need a minimum tank size around 30 gallons.


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Old 10/10/2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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I have no problem keeping 20 up to 50 in a 5g.
A 14 is definitely too large and you will have feeding problems because you have to feed extremely high densities of of food to allow the dwarfs to feed without leaving their hitches. They are lazy buggers.
As already mentioned, larger seahorses currently available in North America need 29/30g minimum for a pair, with an additional 15g for each additional pair.
Many people just don't realize how small they are, being able to put 3 average sized ones on a silver dollar.


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Old 10/11/2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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Yikes, I didn't realize they were that small. Are there any seahorses that would work in that size tank?


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Old 10/12/2013, 08:34 AM   #5
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Sorry, the 14g is not suitable for any seahorses.
There used to be H. fuscus available and you could keep a pair of those in a 20g tank, but lately they haven't been available in North America.
Basically, most standard seahorses need 29/30g for a pair of seahorses, with an additional 15g for each ADDITIONAL PAIR.


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Old 10/12/2013, 11:08 AM   #6
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a 14 gallon is a bit large for dwarf seahorses.
Wow this is great news. I can do a desktop tank of these.


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