Hippocampus Abdominalis


FAMILY - Syngnathidae

SCIENTIFIC NAME - Hippocampus abdominalis

COMMON NAME - Potbellied, Big Bellied Seahorse

SIZE - 12 in (30 cm)

RANGE - Australia and New Zealand

MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 55 US Gal. (208 L)

CARE LEVEL - Difficult


FOODS AND FEEDING - Live or vitamin enriched frozen mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, frequents feeding sessions of 20 to 30 minutes a minimum of 3 times a day.


REEF COMPATIBILITY - Do not keep with corals or anemones that have stinging tentacles.

CAPTIVE CARE - Best kept in a quiet species tank without competitive tankmates or excessive water flow. Purchase only specimens that are active and feeding, slow eaters and require an abundance of food at least 3 times a day, a protein skimmer is recommended on the system and frequent water changes as well to keep the water quality high. Stationary perches around the tank positioned so that they can wrap their tails around as a hold fast are a must. These fish can be bought captive breed, already trained to eat frozen and are much hardier than their wild born cousins. They need a tank that is at least 36 inches high to prevent pouch problems. These fish also do much better in small herds. The Abdominalis are a cold water fish and must be kept in water around 65 deg F.

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