Ingens Seahorse
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  • Ingens Seahorse

  • Hippocampus ingens

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  • Tank Size: 100 Gallons
    Tempermant: Peaceful
    Maximum Size: 8"
    Coloration: Black, Gray, Brown, Red, Yellow
    Diet: Carnivore
    Regions Found: Pacific Ocean
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Experience Level: Expert
    Guarantee: DOA Guarantee Only
    Water Conditions: 72-77° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
    Other Names: Pacific Giant Seahorse, Ingen's Seahorse
  • Description
  • The Ingens Seahorse, scientifically known as Hippocampus ingens, is a fascinating species of seahorse that captures the attention of marine enthusiasts with its unique appearance and captivating behaviors. Native to the Pacific Ocean, particularly along the western coasts of Central and South America, this seahorse species has distinct characteristics that make it stand out among its counterparts.

    In terms of size, the Ingens Seahorse is one of the largest seahorse species, with adults reaching an average length of about 20 centimeters (8 inches). They possess a long, slender body structure, which sets them apart from the more commonly recognized rounded body shape of other seahorse species. Their bodies exhibit a range of colorations, including various shades of brown, gray, and black, providing excellent camouflage among the algae and seagrass they inhabit.

    The diet of the Ingens Seahorse mainly consists of small crustaceans, such as shrimp and tiny planktonic organisms. As they lack a traditional digestive system, seahorses have evolved a unique feeding mechanism. They use their elongated snout to create a suction force, enabling them to capture prey with precision. Due to their small size and slow movement, Ingens Seahorses are meticulous hunters, relying on their excellent camouflage and patience to ambush unsuspecting prey.

    In their natural habitat, Ingens Seahorses are generally solitary creatures, although they can be found in pairs or small groups during mating season. They exhibit a distinctive behavior known as seahorse dancing, where individuals entwine their tails and perform an intricate courtship dance. This ritual involves synchronized swimming, during which the male transfers his sperm to the female, who then deposits her eggs into a specialized pouch on the male's abdomen. The male incubates the eggs and gives birth to live young, which makes seahorses a unique example of male pregnancy in the animal kingdom.

    Keeping Ingens Seahorses in an aquarium requires careful attention to their specific needs. Due to their size, a spacious tank is necessary, providing ample vertical space for them to swim and exhibit their natural behaviors. The aquarium should be equipped with dense vegetation, such as live rock and seagrass, to provide hiding spots and mimic their natural environment. Seahorses are not strong swimmers, so gentle water flow is preferred to prevent them from getting exhausted.

    Maintaining water quality is crucial for the health of Ingens Seahorses. They require stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 22-25 degrees Celsius (72-77 degrees Fahrenheit) and a pH level between 8.1 and 8.4. Seahorses are not aggressive, but they are slow eaters, so providing a diet of small live foods multiple times a day is essential to ensure they receive adequate nutrition.

    In conclusion, the Ingens Seahorse is a captivating species with its remarkable size, camouflage coloration, unique courtship rituals, and male pregnancy. While their care in an aquarium requires specific attention to water quality and feeding habits, keeping these seahorses can be a rewarding experience for dedicated marine enthusiasts. Their presence adds an enchanting touch to any aquarium, showcasing the wonders of the underwater world.

    Tiny: Up to 2", Small: Over 2-2.5", Small / Medium: Over 2.5-3.5", Medium: Over 3.5-4.5", Medium / Large: Over 4.5-5.5", Large: Over 5.5-6.5", Extra Large: Over 6.5-7.5", Extra Extra Large: Over 7.5-8.5", Show Size: Over 8.5-10.5", Jumbo: Over 10.5"

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