New Zealand Pot Bellied Sea Horse
One of the largest seahorses with a large stomach. Their bodies are well camouflaged, with colours in individuals ranging from brown, yellow, grey, white, orange or mottled, with dark spots and blotches on the head and body. Males have a brood pouch, longer tail and a shorter snout than the females. Can live to 10 years in the wild and breed three times a year.
- Scientific Name: Hippocampus Abdominalis
- Habitat: Usually found inhabiting harbours and sheltered coastlines amongst seaweeds around rocking areas in fairly shallow water, can be found in deeper waters as well. More active at dusk and night, spending most of the day anchored by their tail to rocks or weed
- Temperament: A peaceful fish.
- Tank Age/Maturity: 100 litres and at least six months
- Diet: Feed on crustaceans such as amphipods and shrimp, which are sucked into their tube-like snouts and ingested whole. In the aquarium feed on live shrimp, mosquito wrigglers, daphnia, guppy fry, whiteworms and frozen foods such as mysid shrimp and brine shrimp.
- Threatened Species: N/A
- Special Requirements: Keep only in a mature, cycled marine aquarium. The tank must have gentle to moderate currents as they are not strong swimmers and to enable them to feed properly â€¢ Easily out competed for food by faster fish, does well with weed fish and pipe fish
- Endemic: Yes
- Size: 35cm