Seahorse vs anemone

Discussion in 'Seahorses & Pipefish' started by sweetlipsa_d, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    ok I never thought about this but i have my first seahore and got him all use to the tank and even fed him right away and he ate. I left for a few hours and when i came back couldnt find the seahorse. Upon close inspection the anemone had the seahorse wrapped, I was able to get him released. Is this normal with the anemone hurt the seahorse, how about a snowflake eel do i need to get rid of him too ?
  2. reefnutpa

    reefnutpa New Member

    If this is a serious post, yes....it is normal for an anemone to capture and eat prey. That's what they do! An eel is also not a suitable tankmate for a seahorse. Have you done any research at all before purchasing one of these wonderful creatures?
    Tom
  3. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    i did research before buying the seahorse but didnt find anything about not putting them in with an anemone, also the eel is never aggressive but is going into a small cage untill the 90 is ready to house him. I guess i didnt ask the right questions but i am learning fast
  4. novahobbies

    novahobbies Active Member

    What Tom said!
    The seahorse needs to come out. If you have an anemone and a SFE in the tank, you do not want to keep the seahorse. If the nem doesn't get him, the SFE will. If you want to keep the seahorse in a separate tank, PM me and I'll send you some info for setting up a seahorse friendly tank. But PLEASE take the horse out now. As it is, I don't think he'll survive the anemone's stings.
  5. dingus890

    dingus890 New Member

    Man I cringed reading your post.Obviously more research should have been done before buying your first horse.Most seahorse keepers do not keep seahorses with any other fish let alone an eel.
    Get the seahorse out as soon as possible.It will not survive with the anemone or eel.
  6. rykna

    rykna New Member

    Remove your horse A.S.A.P.!!!!!!!! Seahorses are a species only tank. I lost all but five of my dwarf seahorses to evil aiptasia anemones. They infested my tank while I was on vacation, my tank sitter had no idea of the danger my ponies were in. I/we'd be happy to help you get back on track
  7. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    well he survived the night just fine he is swimming and exploring the tank he does avoid he anemone now. as far the species only, I defiantly did not read that others have other fish in the tank with them as long as they are non aggressive. the anemone will be leaving the tank today. Thanks for all your replies.
  8. dingus890

    dingus890 New Member

    Yes you can have other fish with them that are non agrresive.Non aggressive fish are gobies and some clownfish,not eels that have teeth and can eat the horse in one gulp.Move the eel to another tank asap.
    The horse also may suffer secondary infections if the anemone did sting him.
    I am so glad he survived the night.
  9. teresaq

    teresaq New Member

  10. dingus890

    dingus890 New Member

    Thank you for posting that Teresa.I was trying to find it in my favorites last night to post but could't find it.
    It's the best and really only detailed seahorse compatability chart.
  11. rykna

    rykna New Member

    Glad to hear your horse is still swimming today Do you have any pics yet? It would help to see a full tank pic to get a better idea of your set up.
  12. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    Just checked on him again at lunch and he was doing great it seems. He was swimming around and I added a bag of copepods today. He seemed to be eating them up lol. I was hoping to culture a few of them in the tank. We have another bag We will use for that in a jar. We will try to get a couple pics posted tonight. The GF just sits and watches him all night anyway.
  13. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    ok the eel and the anemone got traded in tonight on a new cleaner shrimp and a frag. (approved on the list of good coral) Also added some more live rock tonight now the tank is all cloudy will take pics tomorrow night
  14. novahobbies

    novahobbies Active Member

    good news, very glad to hear. Can't wait for the pics!
  15. rykna

    rykna New Member

    Wonderful!!! Look forward to pics
  16. zeke92

    zeke92 New Member

    I think it as Rykna who had a thread on lighting so she would know more, but i was wondering how strong lighting you have if you have corals? And how long the lights are on a day?
    If i remember correctly strong lighting can harm and annoy a seahorse, but i'm sure teresa, rykna, cranberry, someone can help more, i'm a bit rusty lately when it comes to seahorses. It's been a while.
  17. novahobbies

    novahobbies Active Member

    Strong lighting won't harm a seahorse, exactly, but they don't necessarily like it either. They will try and hide in shady areas. But it takes a lot of light to really bug them.....I've seen them kept under PCs and they were just fine.
  18. sweetlipsa_d

    sweetlipsa_d New Member

    well moved all the live rock around need to add some more purple up
    has anyone ever added it while having the seahorses in the tank? I dont want it to hurt him. Here are a couple of pics
  19. novahobbies

    novahobbies Active Member

    Hey, where'd the pics go?
    Purple up shouldn't harm the seahorses, but it's not terribly necessary anyway...it's nothing more than a calcium addititve with what is essentially a flocculant to keep the calcium from getting filtered out. But if you already have it, then by all means. Just don't use the whole dose they call for, just in case it somehow irritates the horses gills (it shouldn't.)
    So now...just waiting on the pics!
  20. rykna

    rykna New Member

    Originally Posted by novahobbies

    Strong lighting won't harm a seahorse, exactly, but they don't necessarily like it either. They will try and hide in shady areas. But it takes a lot of light to really bug them.....I've seen them kept under PCs and they were just fine.
    I kept my first horse under my outer orbit MH unit. He didn't mind a bit, you just have to keep track of the tank temps. I didn't use the pendant.

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