Reidi Seahorse, Captive-Bred

lg 0402181 209
Latin name: (Hippocampus reidi)

Care Level





Black, Orange, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size



This species requires an aquarium of 30 gallons or more in order to thrive. A tank with a minimum height of 16 inches is recommended to ensure good circulation. Keeping a mated pair, or a small group of the species is ideal. They are peaceful and compatible with small, shy fish like gobies, ocellaris and percula clowns, and firefish. However, they should not be kept with aggressive or territorial fish, or with fast-moving fish, as they may become stressed. This species is sure to be a wonderful addition to any peaceful home aquarium.

The Reidi Seahorse is an amazing species that is the only known species of seahorse in which the male carries the eggs. When ready to mate, the males will go through a series of impressive displays such as color changes, pouch displays, and dancing. If the female is receptive, the two will entwine their tails and the female will deposit up to 600 eggs in the male’s pouch. After approximately two weeks, the male will give birth to an astonishing 50-400 miniature replicas of the pair. This is a truly remarkable process that highlights the unique abilities of this species. Furthermore, it demonstrates the fascinating biological and reproductive capabilities of the Reidi Seahorse.

Fast and aggressive fish will out-compete the Reidi Seahorse for food. When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Captive-bred Seahorses are accustomed to frozen mysis shrimp, making them a smart alternative to their wild-caught counterparts. They will also feed upon amphipods, and other small crustaceans found in live rock. They will also accept vitamin-enriched adult brine shrimp, but should not make up a majority of their diet. They are slow, deliberate feeders and prefer two or more small feedings per day.

Gill's Fish