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saltwaterseahorses
04-23-2010, 05:02 AM
a cleaner wrasse by any chance?:biggrin:

SeaHorse_Fanatic
04-23-2010, 05:45 AM
No, I would put in a leopard wrasse-type fish (if you can get it to eat) since they have similar requirements for a calm tank. I've kept both the regular and the black leopard wrasses with seahorses no problem.

I would think cleaner wrasses would pester a seahorse while looking for parasites to eat.

I've also kept mandarin gobies, clown gobies, and cardinal fish with my ponies. Clowns too.

Anthony

BlueWorldAquatic
04-23-2010, 05:47 AM
Pipefish, and bottom dwellers;

twin spot gobies
Mandarins
Scoot Blennys

SeaHorse_Fanatic
04-23-2010, 06:24 AM
NOT lawnmower blennies. Like to suck on seahorses.

zenafish
04-23-2010, 01:41 PM
My favorite would be the scooter blenny. That is, out of the many fish I have had with seahorses, the one fish that never bothers the seahorses in any way.

With that said, I am unconventional and like experimenting. Many do's and don'ts are generalization of majority. There is still good chance you get the other side and find balance with creativity.

Right now, I have a 6" yellow wrasse, a 1.5" yellow tang baby and a large bangaii cardinal in the 65gal with my H.erectus, which are larger seahorses than H.barbouri. These fish were leftovers from my old reef tank.

The yellow wrasse is the faster swimmer of all three fish, and he does compete with the seahorses for food. I feed a lot because the horses are wild and it takes a higher food density for them to take interest. So my fish are somewhat serving as CUC.

The cardinal generally just hovers around without causing trouble. He likes to eat from the water column, whereas my horses eat from the dish as well as the tank bottom. Very little conflict there, except during live brine shrimp treat time, then it's game on.

The yellow tang is still a baby. It's the most docile of all and very shy anyway. So the horses actually boss it around. I am keeping a close eye though, because I know that as the tang grows, it will be needing a new home when its confidence reaches a bothersome level.

zenafish
04-23-2010, 01:49 PM
I have also kept a cleaner wrasse briefly with my seahorses. I had similar observation for it as for the yellow wrasse...fast swimmer that weaves around in the tank.

It never really bothered my horses. I have never seen it pick on them or anything. It did compete for food, in the sense that it took a piece of mysis away from a stalking seahorse, before the horse made up his mind to strike. The horse didn't seem to care, he just moved on to the next piece.

Then one day, I found the wrasse dried up on the floor...then I realize that I got myself a jumper :S

BlueWorldAquatic
04-23-2010, 03:04 PM
Here is a good example of how slow the seahorses are.

I actually have Cyno bacteria growin on one.

Ken

zenafish
04-23-2010, 03:08 PM
that's very common, actually :) cyano our mortal enemy :p

Here is a good example of how slow the seahorses are.

I actually have Cyno bacteria growin on one.

Ken

SeaHorse_Fanatic
04-23-2010, 04:46 PM
Jawfish are good with seahorses.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a322/SeaHorse_Fanatic/SeaHorseJawfish.jpg

Pony in 35g hex

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a322/SeaHorse_Fanatic/Mseahorsesm.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a322/SeaHorse_Fanatic/Mseahorse.jpg

35g hex

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a322/SeaHorse_Fanatic/Hextank.jpg

Pipefish & clowns in 35g hex

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a322/SeaHorse_Fanatic/Pipefish.jpg

saltwaterseahorses
04-23-2010, 04:51 PM
mk thxs everyone and also are black sailfin blennies good with seahorses? and are they themself easy to care for??

SeaHorse_Fanatic
04-23-2010, 05:17 PM
Black sailfin blennies are easy to take care of but I think they may bother seahorses (similar in look & behaviour to the more common lawnmower blenny).

saltwaterseahorses
04-23-2010, 05:17 PM
mk thxs

saltwaterseahorses
04-23-2010, 05:18 PM
also on seahorse.org it says that black sailfins are 1 out of 5 good with seahorses, and aparently 1 and 2 are very good!?