Pet Seahorse

Hippocampus tuberculatus

Hippocampus tuberculatus

The Hippocampus tuberculatus is commonly called The Knobby Seahorse.

Found in Western Australian sub-tropical waters.

Description: Can grow to 8 cms (adult), mature males have an extremely prominent brood pouch. Mature horses often have fronds or spines like a mane on head and neck. Stripes sometimes found on tail. Distinctive knob like coronet.  Very similar to H. breviceps.

Colouration: Brown to yellowish or sometimes a reddish hue with spots, often has dark spots on head.

Optimum Keeping Parameters: Temp 22° C - 24° C; pH 8.2; Salinity sg 1024, Ammonia: Nil; Nitrite: Nil; Nitrates: < 20 ppm.

Other Notes: Is sexually active from 6 months old; is not monogamous, but will pair bond in tank; brood size between 10-50 (dependant on age and size of parents); average brood size for adults is 35; usually mates between Oct-Jan; can have up to 3 births per year; gestation is approximately 21-24 days; fry born at 10-12 mm, you can offer them Instar II Artemia from day one.

Availability: The Knobby Seahorse is being "captive bred" for the aquarium trade. Makes good tank mates for H. whitei .

Stocking Densities: As these are a small species it is recommended to stock adults at 1 pair per 15 litres.  It is also recommended to keep them in a small tank with no live rock.  A 20-30 litre tank is best.

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