“Everyone raises seahorses on a glass bottom tank with some plastic because it’s more efficient,” said Conservancy director Walt Haas. “But I never heard of anyone breeding them in tanks with river rock bottoms and seaweed.”
He takes this approach for 2 main reasons.
“First of all, it makes me happy – I think of them as my children,” he said.
“Secondly, it’s completely natural for them; it’s the way they want to live. They act in a very natural way. They’re moving from one piece of rock and seaweed to the next, hunting. I stock my tanks with sand-based anthropods for them to stalk and kill.”
Seahorses are classified as ambush predators.
The Seahorse Conservancy raises 300 to 325 seahorses per year (150 twice a year). It takes 6 months for seahorse babies to grow to maturity.
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