Where To Buy Seahorses and Pipefish
Captive bred seahorses are the ideal choice when keeping seahorses, but they are a bit of a specialty animal, and even if you can find one at your local fish store, they are not always the best source. This list is a number of places you can find captive bred Seahorses and Pipefish for sale.It is strongly advised that you always purchase captive bred seahorses over wild caught as they live longer, arrive healthier, and are easier to feed.
If your store is unsure, pass. Captive bred pipefish are a much harder find, but a few species are starting to be available. Be wary of tank raised seahorses, they are somewhere between captive bred and wild caught in terms of health, but are often passed off as the same.
A company appearing on this list is not a sign of endorsement from FusedJaw.com. It is highly recommended you research the company you’re interested in. You can check for reviews in google, or go over and ask in our forums. Some companies also sell wild caught and tank raised seahorses, be sure to verify what you are getting is true captive bred seahorses.
Potbelly Seahorse, Breviceps, Whites, Barbouri and Kuda(?)
France (République française)
aquarium race hippocampes
H. reidi, H. barbouri, H. kuda, H. fuscus, H. erectus, H. comes, H. guttulatus, H. abdominalis, H. zosterae, H. angustus
Die Seepferdchen, die sie verkaufen sind beide in Gefangenschaft gezüchtet und gefangen von der wilden. Achten Sie darauf, nur kaufen, die in Gefangenschaft gezüchtet. Die Seenadeln sind aus der Wildnis gefangen.
(Captive Bred and Wild Caught seahorses. Be sure to clarify which they are and only buy captive bred.) Their pipefish appear to be wild caught.
Seahorse breeder and fish shop.
(Captive Bred seahorses available in Japan.)
(Some captive bred seahorses, along side wild caught seahorses. Live food available as well.)
Portugal (República Portuguesa)
Tienda de Caballitos.es
Algunos de los caballitos de mar parecen ser tanque crecido, además de aquellos criados en cautividad. Considere la compra de los caballitos de mar sólo criados en cautividad. Las agujas de mar también se llevan sólo silvestre, y no son buenos para la mezcla con los caballitos de mar nacidos en cautividad.
(Appears to have some tank raised and captive bred seahorses, along with wild caught pipefish. Wild caught pipefish are not good companions for captive bred seahorses.)
Carries captive bred, tank raised, and wild caught seahorses. Be sure to clarify which ones you are getting.
Captive Bred seahorse breeder and supplier.
Captive bred seahorses. Editors Notes: Seahorse Source is frequently recommended and I’ve yet to hear a bad thing about them. They would be my first choice in the US.
Southwatch Seahorse Farm
A fairly new company, they’ve only been around a couple years but I’ve been hearing positive reviews of their seahorses.
Family run operation specializing in H. erectus and H. zosterae. Consistently receives glowing reviews for their seahorses.
Some Tank Raised and Captive Bred seahorses for sale. Diver’s Den is a great resource for captive bred seahorses, frequently carrying ORA seahorses.
Sachs Systems Aquaculture
Captive bred H. erectus.
ORA – Wholesaler
Several species of seahorses available. Check with your Local Fish Store if they can order from ORA for you.
They frequently have captive bred seahorses available, and recently started carrying captive bred blue stripe pipefish. Note, they also carry tank-raised seahorses, which are more risky to keep – be sure to verify you’re getting captive bred.
Captive bred seahorses and captive bred banded pipefish.
This is an evolving list. If you know of any additional suppliers, please comment on this article or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for captive bred seahorses and none of the above places work for you, there are still some options. Check your local fish and reef clubs, chances are someone there is a breeder. Try your local fish store as well – while may fish stores are out of their depths with seahorses, you might be able to have them order some direct and pick them up while still in the bag. We also have a growing list of breeders from around the world that breed seahorses: Seahorse Breeders List.