variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image
provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen
Care Level: Difficult
Color Form: Black,
Clear, Tan, Yellow
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 6"
Minimum Tank Size: 30
The Fuscus seahorse is also commonly referred to as the
Kuda Seahorse. Kuda Seahorse is a moderately sized seahorse and is also known
as the Spotted Seahorse. This species ranges in color from black to yellow.
Some individuals may have spots or a darker band or bars on their body.
These social fish thrive when kept as a mated pair or in
small groups in a species-only aquarium. A 30 gallon aquarium is sufficient for
a single pair. Add 10 gallons to the size of the aquarium for each additional
pair. Spray bars may be used to create gentle flow while eliminating stagnant
areas in the aquarium. Seahorses are not strong swimmers, preferring to use
their prehensile tails to hitch to branching live rock, algae, or artificial
decorations. Seahorses are less likely to contract Vibrio bacterial infections
if the temperature is not allowed to exceed 74?F. This is particularly
important if the aquarium contains other species of Syngnathids. It is also
necessary to remove detritus and uneaten food daily. Calcium and alkalinity
levels must be monitored and maintained to keep their bony plates healthy.
They may be kept with small, shy fish such as small
gobies, pipefish, dragonets, and firefish. But aggressive, territorial, or
fast-moving fish do not make good companions. Seahorses can be harmed by
anemones and corals with stinging tentacles or corals that are large enough to
consume them, such as brain corals. While sea fans, Acropora corals, and other
branching corals may be safe for seahorses, they can be irritated or damaged by
a seahorse that continually hitches to them. Crabs and clams may pinch a
seahorse causing a wound that could lead to secondary infections. Small
ornamental crustaceans may be consumed by the seahorses.
Avoid fish that will out-compete the seahorse for food.
These 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 this should not make up a majority of
their diet. They are slow, deliberate feeders and prefer two or more small
feedings per day.
Seahorses are probably the most recognizable fish in the
world due to their unusual appearance and habits. They are very social, curious
fish that are fun to watch while they interact with their surroundings, each
other, and even their owners.