Seahorse Frequently Asked Questions / What Do Baby Seahorses Eat?

Baby seahorses eat very small zooplankton, the small microscopic animals that drift in the ocean. Much of what they consume are copepods, very small crustaceans related to crabs and shrimp. Sheldon J. Plankton from Sponge Bob Squarepants is modeled after a copepod.

Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants.

Like the Sponge Bob character Plankton, copepods only have one eye. Unlike Plankton, they do not operate their own restaurants.

In captivity, baby seahorses can be fed a number of things. Most commonly offered is newly hatched artemia (also known as brine shrimp). However some babies are so small that they have to eat even smaller foods. In that case, the aquarist must grow their own copepods and rotifers.

You can read more about the foods they need here.

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