• Welcome back Guest!

    MARSH is a private reefing group. Comments and suggestions are encouraged, but please keep them positive and constructive. Negative threads, posts, or attacks will be removed from view and reviewed by the staff. Continually disruptive, argumentative, or flagrant rule breakers may be suspended or banned.

Calling all seahorses! (1 Viewer)

Seaworthy Aquatics

Supporting Member
Silver Sponsor
Build Thread Contributor
Joined
Feb 21, 2020
Messages
405
Reaction score
546
Location
Greater Heights
Saw where someone caught 1 in Galveston recently. That would be cool.
I used to do this and sell them when I was going to college in Galveston 15 years ago. It's super easy. Get a fine net, scoop up some Sargassum seaweed and shake it out in a bucket. Super fun to do even if you arn't looking for pets/merchandise just to see all the animals. As far as fish, my most common find was pipe fish, find dozens a day, but I'd get a couple seahorses every time. Best finds were Frogfish, rare but they sold high. Untold thousands of fancy shrimp, crabs, snails, and starfish. Was amazing as a college kid, now I feel bad. So many fish that I doubt people could take care of well at the time. I haven't tried since before Hurricane Ike though, lost everything and moved up to Houston.
 
Joined
May 10, 2013
Messages
194
Reaction score
246
Location
Tomball, TX
I used to do this and sell them when I was going to college in Galveston 15 years ago. It's super easy. Get a fine net, scoop up some Sargassum seaweed and shake it out in a bucket. Super fun to do even if you arn't looking for pets/merchandise just to see all the animals. As far as fish, my most common find was pipe fish, find dozens a day, but I'd get a couple seahorses every time. Best finds were Frogfish, rare but they sold high. Untold thousands of fancy shrimp, crabs, snails, and starfish. Was amazing as a college kid, now I feel bad. So many fish that I doubt people could take care of well at the time. I haven't tried since before Hurricane Ike though, lost everything and moved up to Houston.
I used to do this when I lived in the pac nw... not the selling part though... just for fun. Always catch and release. I didn’t know this was possible down here. Which part of the island and what time of year were you doing this?
 

Seaworthy Aquatics

Supporting Member
Silver Sponsor
Build Thread Contributor
Joined
Feb 21, 2020
Messages
405
Reaction score
546
Location
Greater Heights
I used to do this when I lived in the pac nw... not the selling part though... just for fun. Always catch and release. I didn’t know this was possible down here. Which part of the island and what time of year were you doing this?
Last spring/early summer seemed the best. There is almost always sargassum out there so you can really do it whenever, just not as many animals in the colder months. Late spring you could find ultra rare stuff like shark eggs and small turtles, which we never kept but cool to see. I'd literally just go off the seawall. I usually went to one of the sections with no sand, just rock at the bottom of the seawall, less people this way.
 

Reefahholic

Reef Junkie T.V.
Supporting Member
Build Thread Contributor
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
1,949
Location
League City
Sargassum comes in heavy in the summer months- May June July August Sept. Huge Mats. Other months are hit and miss and some years are heavier than others. Some years it doesn’t come in that much. I agree with @reeftopia it hasn’t came in very heavy in the last few years.
 

Seaworthy Aquatics

Supporting Member
Silver Sponsor
Build Thread Contributor
Joined
Feb 21, 2020
Messages
405
Reaction score
546
Location
Greater Heights
Sargassum comes in heavy in the summer months- May June July August Sept. Huge Mats. Other months are hit and miss and some years are heavier than others. Some years it doesn’t come in that much. I agree with @reeftopia it hasn’t came in very heavy in the last few years.
Yeah unfortunately I haven't been back to Galveston much in the last decade and can no longer attest on the sarrgassum and this method, but it was amazing back then. Have to see if I can make it down some this summer.
 
Joined
May 10, 2022
Messages
6
Reaction score
11
Location
League City
I keep seahorses. Fairly new to it but did a ton of research before I started. Alyssa seahorse savvy is definitely the way to go imo! Wildcaught are much bigger, but its a pain to train to frozen and expensive to do live unless your breeding your own. I personally wont do wild caught again, i have one now that refuses to properly switch and its heart breaking (usually females in my experience). My experience has 2 big things to keep in mind: bio load is very high, recommend 30 gallons for one pair, and 15 more for each additional pair. They don't have a stomach, so their waste creates alot of ammonia.. which leads to number 2: be prepared to feed ALOT 2x a day at least, 3 is preferred. Because they don't have a stomach, they only absorb 30% of what they eat, so starvation can happen very quickly. Seahorses are wonderful, like puppies that swim, but I always tell people don't enter into it lightly and be prepared to WORK.
 

SCUBAFreaky

Enjoy Life!
Supporting Member
Build Thread Contributor
Joined
Apr 14, 2020
Messages
290
Reaction score
366
Location
Seabrook
I keep seahorses. Fairly new to it but did a ton of research before I started. Alyssa seahorse savvy is definitely the way to go imo! Wildcaught are much bigger, but its a pain to train to frozen and expensive to do live unless your breeding your own. I personally wont do wild caught again, i have one now that refuses to properly switch and its heart breaking (usually females in my experience). My experience has 2 big things to keep in mind: bio load is very high, recommend 30 gallons for one pair, and 15 more for each additional pair. They don't have a stomach, so their waste creates alot of ammonia.. which leads to number 2: be prepared to feed ALOT 2x a day at least, 3 is preferred. Because they don't have a stomach, they only absorb 30% of what they eat, so starvation can happen very quickly. Seahorses are wonderful, like puppies that swim, but I always tell people don't enter into it lightly and be prepared to WORK.
Do you have any pics that you can share??
 
Joined
May 10, 2022
Messages
6
Reaction score
11
Location
League City
Yes! So I have 4 ponies currently. In the Blue picture you see my big male (wc) Sable hanging our with my little female (cb) Sienna. In the purple photo is my little male (cb) Sorrel, and in the last pic is my big female (wc) Sepia!

All H. Erectus, though Sienna and Sorrel are actually Northern Erectus.


20220318_144829.jpg 20220317_170148.jpg 20220223_142433.jpg
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top