Kellogg seahorse is famous for more of medicine use than as pet fish in saltwater aquarium. It is one of the heavily exported species out of 35 known species of seahorse. They’re found in shallow region of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and mostly in the red sea region. In china they’re used for medicine purpose and therefor there is lot of export of Kellogg’s seahorse in asia.
Unlike common seahorse they don’t require much care and beginner aquarist can keep them as well. But you’ll rarely find them in any aquarium shop as most of the time they’re exported for medicine purpose so it’s rare to get hands on them. Their costs varies from 30-50$ and depending upon the availability cost rises.
They can be kept at species only tank or reef tank but if the tank-mates are peaceful then you can place them in saltwater tank provided that tank is 55 gallons or more.
Size & color: They grow to the size of about 11 inches(28cms). They’re usually brown and greenish in color with either dots or bands of color on body. Their lifespan is about 2-5 years or longer.
ph & temperature: You need to maintain temperature of about 22°C – 24°C in the tank. Also maintain ph of about 8.1 – 8.4 and Carbonate Hardness 8 – 12°dKH.
Food: When they’re in the wild they prefer crustaceans and small shrimp. You can feed them frozen foods, mysis shrimp, live food as well. If you purchase mature seahorse then ask shopkeeper for the food they take as mature seahorse will resist any other food than their previous diet. They’re quite slow to catch their food so make sure you drop food in region nearby. They often lurk around stone or marble shelter or even relax on live rock if placed in reef tank. If you place them with other high-appetite fishes then most likely your fishes will be starved. So make sure you avoid placing them in crowded fish tank.
Breeding: You’ll notice that females anal fin are larger than male and this is the only way you’ll be able to spot the difference else it’s hard to check who is male and female. Like common seahorse, Kellogg’s seahorse shows similar behavior for breeding. Female once mated sticks with male for life and during spawning she puts eggs in male’s pouch and from there male takes care of fry till they grow-up.
Behavior : They’re peaceful in nature and can coexist with other peaceful saltwater fishes. You should avoid placing them with semi-aggressive or aggressive fishes in the tank. They’re more suitable for reef tank or species only tank. Species only tank means there are no other fishes than sea horses. They’re bottom and middle dwellers in the tank and they slowly cruise around the tank. Because of their slow walking and eating it is suggested that they are not to be placed with high-appetite peaceful fishes in the tank.
Because of their rare availability and medicine export they’re listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. So if you do get a chance to purchase these species then you might need to spend more than the regular price of common seahorse.
Kellogg’s seahorse is beautiful species and if taken care of it can make a good show in any reef or species only tank. Make sure you research your species carefully before you put them in your reef or saltwater tank.