The Tiger Tail Seahorse is naturally found living in soft coral reefs from India to the Philippines, but the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. They are mostly yellow with lots of brown markings. Male Tiger tail Seahorses are usually darker, while females are lighter. Seahorses are best kept in a species-specific aquarium in a small group or mated pair, as they are social fish. Keeping a single seahorse is not recommended. A 30-gallon aquarium would be sufficient for a pair, but you will need to go up in size as you add more. They can be kept with small peaceful fish that won’t outcompete the seahorses for food. Avoid keeping aggressive fish with seahorses. Also, anemones, aggressive corals with tentacles, or corals large enough to eat a seahorse should be avoided. Seahorses are fragile fish, so avoid all potentially dangerous tank mates. SPS corals will not harm the seahorses, but they will probably get irritated by the seahorses hitching to them. Some small crustaceans may end up being a snack for your seahorses, while crabs and clams can harm them. Provide some structures for the Tiger Tail Seahorses to hitch onto. Gorgonians, artificial corals, plastic pants, or even some kinds of macroalgae can be a great way to do this. Having some water flow is recommended but nothing too strong, as seahorses are not good swimmers.
- Feeding: Carnivore. Feed frozen Mysis shrimp in two or more small feedings per day. Having an established copepod population will provide additional food and help keep them healthy.
- Water Parameters: 68°-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, sg 1.021-1.025
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Reef safe: With caution. May eat small crustaceans. May bother corals or be harmed by corals.
- Color: Yellow body with brown markings or stripes.
Because these fish are captive-bred by ORA, they are easier to keep than wild-caught specimens. This is due to one main reason; ORA raises them on frozen Mysis shrimp. This makes them much easier to keep and manage, as wild-caught specimens generally require live food.