Seahorses can be a really fun and interesting addition to any aquarium setup. Seahorses are not a pet for the amateur aquarist, however, as they require meticulous care in their environment and feeding to ensure that they remain healthy and robust, and live a long life in your aquarium. It is ideal that you purchase captive bred seahorses, as they support the conservation efforts of keeping the wild seahorse population thriving by keeping the demand for them down.
Searching for a reputable seahorse breeder can be difficult, and should be a time-consuming process if you are serious about adding seahorses to your aquarium community. There are many factors that go into finding one that will provide you with strongest and healthiest swimmers, with low stress in their transition into your aquarium. The Internet is a great resource for not only seeking out seahorse breeders, but also for finding the most reputable ones. This can be done through various online discussion forums and websites where seahorse enthusiasts gather.
When considering a seahorse breeder, things to look for include:
- Overall knowledge of the many different breeds of seahorses and the ideal breeding conditions.
- The general setup of the breeder's facility: there should be plenty of space in the tanks, with no overcrowding.
- The breeder's facility should be meticulously maintained with the strictest sanitation standards, the water should be kept at near perfect and controlled conditions at all times, and the latest filtration technologies should be utilized.
If you are fortunate enough to have a seahorse breeder local to you, give them a call. Better yet, pay them a visit. Interview your potential seahorse breeder thoroughly and inspect their facility. Ask questions regarding their practices, ask them how to care for the seahorses, and ask careful questions about their breeding practices. If you don't feel they have the seahorses health and best interests in mind, then move on to another potential breeder. With all of the time and dedication that it takes to prepare for and keep seahorses, it is worth going the extra mile in determining the most reputable seahorse breeder for your aquarium needs.