If you're considering keeping seahorses as pets, then you are considering owning one of the most beautiful sea creatures that exist. However, due to the delicate nature of seahorses, it is important to know what you're getting into before you go through with the purchase. Owning a pet seahorse is extremely rewarding, but it is also a large responsibility. If you made it this far, then you know that owning a seahorse has tons of benefits. Let's go over a couple of things that you may not know about your potential seahorse pet.
This doesn't necessarily mean that the seahorse purchase itself will be expensive. In fact, many seahorses start at around $60 from a reputable vendor online. Though to many this may not seem like a lot of money, what they do not consider is that they must have the adequate equipment to keep their seahorses healthy. Seahorses require a saltwater tank, and often times can't be kept with other fish due to temperature restrictions. There are many guides available online that will let you know what the best tank set up is. Also, when you purchase a pet seahorse online you will need to have it shipped overnight to you. Depending on where you live in where you purchase the seahorse, this can also add to the price significantly. Whatever you do, make sure that you have everything ready for your seahorse before you go through with the purchase.
Unlike many conventional pets, such as cats and dogs, seahorses require daily constant care that you have to be trained on. You'll need to know exactly what to feed your seahorse, when to feed it, and warning signs to look for when they are sick. This means that if you want take a vacation, or if you're unable to care for your seahorse for any period of time, you need to be sure that there is someone who is adequately trained to be able to do so. You probably won't be able to hire the neighbor kid to sprinkle couple of flakes of fish food every now and again. (Seahorses don't eat fish food, they eat shrimp anyways.) Some sites on the Internet will even tell you that you shouldn't take any vacations at all. This isn't necessarily true, as people can be trained how to adequately take care of your seahorses while you're gone. The important thing to remember is that you understand the responsibility ahead of time, so that you can properly train the person taking care of them.
When you decide to purchase a seahorse from an online vendor, or at a pet store, you'll find that they will tell you just about anything so that you will purchase a seahorse from them. You need to be very careful when purchasing, so that you can get the right information. This means that you should ask specific questions to the person selling you a seahorse, ensuring that it is the pet seahorse that you need. On our website, we have a comprehensive guide to buying seahorses that will help you determine what questions to ask and what things to look out for.
We have talked about a lot of cautions and potential problems of seahorses may give you so that you can be prepared beforehand. That being said, owning a seahorse is one of the greatest hobbies in the world. Seahorses are beautiful and downright impressive, and ownership of a pet seahorse is an extremely rewarding experience.
Check out ourIn Depth Guide to Buying a Seahorse for some great tips!