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Old 06-24-2005, 07:56 PM   #1
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Are there freshwater seahorses???? I have checked the internet, and had mixed answers....any info would be appreciated
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:33 PM   #2
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nope, all are saltwater species.
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Old 06-25-2005, 09:22 AM   #3
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freshwater seahorses do NOT exist. i dont know who started that whole thing and why though...
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Old 06-26-2005, 10:15 PM   #4
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Yeah,,,,
BTW.. anyone keeps a pipefish? I thik they;re rare and touchy too
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Old 06-27-2005, 06:52 PM   #5
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i keep northern pipe fish in the summer by collecting them from our beaches. hard to tget to eat, but ive gotten them to eat brine shrimp
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Old 06-30-2005, 03:55 AM   #6
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I see... they're kinda picky and touchy rite? Especially for marine pipe fish. How about freshwater pipef ish? I used to have 1 of them but that was a while ago, lack of experiences so he died of starving or stress. I'll plan to keep some in a peaceful tank!
What cha ideas for the freshwater pipe fish?
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Old 06-30-2005, 08:54 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Scuba Kid
i keep northern pipe fish in the summer by collecting them from our beaches. hard to tget to eat, but ive gotten them to eat brine shrimp
Scubakid:Just wondering how do you get your pipefish? I find them in my saining net and i just throw them back, they're no good as bait.
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Old 06-30-2005, 06:31 PM   #8
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i dont use them for bait...but i can catch them in my hand. they're slow swimmers.

and max, ive never heard of a freshwater pipefish. sounds cool.
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Old 06-30-2005, 08:25 PM   #9
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Really? I somtimes see them available here. They feed on little fish or brine shrimp and maybe ya... hard to keep.
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:09 AM   #10
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I have seen them in the stores in PA as well. Never wanted to get one cuase I always figured that they would be impossiable to feed. The lable says they will eat frozen food and feeders.
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:39 PM   #11
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At the moment, there is no such thing as a freshwater seahorse. In the past, there was a rumor that some scientist found a very rare species only residing in a few certain waterways, but it was just basically a lie. Also, if you really think about it, a seahorse would never survive in a freshwater system. Food, shelter, outcompeting fish, they'd never make it.

There are a variety of freshwater and brackish water pipefish though. All in all, they aren't the hardest..but most people say pipefish are more difficult than seahorses to get to eat. I haven't had the chance to keep a freshwater species yet..so I couldn't really tell you much. Saltwater specues, harder than your average fish, but not impossible. Sadly most people only feed them brine shrimp, and in the long run, it's basically like feeding them water. They do have some nutrition, but pipefish and seahorses don't really have a stomach to hold things..or the greatest digestive tract, so all food is quickly passed through their system...

Jeesh..someday you guys need to get me some pipefish..or at least send me some pics .
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Actually, there have been rumors about 2 locations, 1 in Lake Titicaca and the other in the Mekong River on the Laos/Thailand border.
So far, neither has produced any live specimans but may be worth more study.
Mekong River has a very diverse fauna including freshwater stingrays & freshwater dolphins. Either way, if there were indeed a freshwater seahorse, it would be consdered critically endangered I assume and unavaillable for home aquaria.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:49 PM   #13
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This thread is more than 3 years old. Please check dates before posting.
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the updated information is of use though...
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OK I'll grant you that.
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