Seahorse Frequently Asked Questions / Do seahorses take care of the babies after they are born?

No. Once seahorses are born, they are carried away by the ocean currents and more than likely never see their parents again. They immediately begin feeding on small plankton in the water. A seahorse may even eat it’s young if it encounters them in the aquarium.

Many fish eat their own young after they are born. Seahorses normally do not do this, however they have been known to from time to time, especially in aquarium conditions. Anecdotal evidence suggests female seahorses are more prone to this behavior than the males.

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