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Species Spotlight - We just got in some beautiful, cultured Reidi Seahorses (Hippocampus reidi)!

We just got in some beautiful, cultured Reidi Seahorses (Hippocampus reidi)!
Seahorses are a beautiful, unique fish that are very picky when it comes to tank mates. Helping your customers choose the appropriate tank mates will aid in reducing the seahorses and your stress. When it comes to coral, you may want to do a FOWLER tank or house corals that do not sting. Always be sure to recommend slow moving, non-territorial and nonaggressive fish. The following is a helpful list of possibilities to include in the tank.
The Red Mandarin has a mesmerizing combinations of blue, orange and red throughout their head and body, which will compel a great deal of attention the bottom of any aquarium. This fish is not recommended for a new tank or beginner hobbyist. These little guys should only be added to well-established tanks with live rock for hiding and live sand. These guys make a great addition to a seahorse tank thanks to their docile behavior. Their diet should first consist of target feeding with live copepods then they can be weaned to variety of enriched live brine shrimp, black worms and they will prey on tiny crustaceans found within the live rock and sand.
The Scooter Blenny is a cute and bottom dwelling fish that is perfect for a tank with other passive feeders. Scooter Blennies, are actually not a blenny at all, but a dragonet (part of the same family as mandarins). These little guys are very active, which is how they got their name by scooting across the tank. They are reef safe and should be placed in tanks that have live rock and sand because it serves as protection and provides a natural food source. The live rock and sand act as a refugee for copepods to breed, which the Scooter Blenny will feed on. Getting this fish to eat prepared foods can be challenging. We have good success with them in house by starting them on live foods like gut loaded baby brine shrimp, then segueing them over to rotifers, prawn eggs and other small nutritious foods.
The Banded Pipefish is a very unique looking fish. The Banded Pipefish can come in array of different colors that are bond to impress. This pipefish is considered a better swimmer than most seahorses, but it is still best to keep them in low and gentle flow. We recommend adding them to a seahorse aquarium, with docile bottom dwellers or firefish. Feeding these little guys may also create a challenge since their mouths are so small. You can keep these docile fish in a group as long as the aquarium is large enough. Try feeding our Nutramar Tigrio Copepods to these pipefish until they can be weaned onto very small frozen prepared foods.
The Yellow Clown Goby is the perfect recommendations for any size aquarium, but they work especially well in nano tanks. They are a very hardy fish that ships well and make a great addition to seahorse tanks. Since this fish is so docile, it is a good idea to pick tank mates with a similar temperament. Keep them happy and healthy by feeding a varied diet of marine pellets and frozen meaty foods.
The Yellowhead Jawfish is an extremely unique fish, due to their beautiful colorations and interesting behavior. They are known for burrowing and being mouth brooders. These fish will dig a burrow and spend much of their time working on it then guarding it. Pearly Jawfish tend to take frozen (thawed) meaty foods well, but on occasion they may need to be target fed to ensure that they are getting enough food. After a few routine feedings, these fish will tend to understand and begin leaving their burrows at feeding time. Providing the correct tank mates are always important in any aquarium, this jawfish would prefer tank mates that are not aggressive or predatory.
The Red Tip Hermit Crab is an ideal addition into any saltwater aquarium. They will scavenge fish waste, algae and detritus that has deposited on the live rock and substrate. These little guys can find their way into even the smallest of spaces. Like all hermit crabs they make their home in empty snail shells, be sure to have an array of empty shells available for them to move into when they grow. They will also take housing matters into their own pincers by occasionally eating a snail and taking that shell over, smaller snails are especially at risk. The Cortez hermit crabs are very hardy, but are sensitive to copper.
The Astraea Snail is a great resource for cleaning the glass of algae. It is very adept at keeping your aquarium clean. In fact, this small snail prefers to feed on nuisance hair algae, as well as cyanobacteria and diatoms. The Astraea Snail will do best in a well-established aquarium with ample hiding places and sufficient room to roam. Keep an eye on these little guys because they have a difficult time righting itself if it falls or is knocked upside down. Like other invertebrates, they are sensitive to high nitrate levels and will not tolerate copper-based medications. If sufficient food levels are not present, supplement the diet with vegetable-based tablet foods or dried seaweeds.
The Cultured Fire & Ice Zoanthid is an easy coral for beginner reef hobbyist that has color that is an eye catching combination of cool blue and warm red. This unique combination of color has increased this zoanthids popularity within the aquarium trade. Zoanthid polyps are made up of multiple individual polyps on a single piece of rock and will multiple easily under ideal conditions. The Fire & Ice requires moderate light levels and medium water movement, these requirements make this coral easy to maintain. To optimize the health of the Fire and Ice, supplement its diet with micro-plankton.
The cultured Green Star Polyps will add a brilliant, colorfast green to any reef aquarium. These polyps are very hardy and easy to maintain. They do very well in most reef environments. Care should be taken when determining the ideal location for the Green Star Polyp Coral, they prefer a place where they can receive moderate lighting and gentle water flow. As Star Polyps grow, the edges dont attach to the substrate immediately. This is where the growth can be controlled as this fringing edge can be trimmed back with a scissors (or sharp razor) without hurting the coral. The trimmings can be glued down onto ceramic plugs or chunks of live rock to make new corals (frags). As for their diet they primarily depend on light; you will find these corals nearly impossible to feed, but there is little need to do so.