By the Marine Life Park Vet Team
Seahorses are fragile creature because of the absence of scales on their body. They are prone to bacterial and parasite infection and even death when the water quality is poor or they sustain severe skin injuries.
To maintain a healthy and clean environment for the seahorses, our team of aquarists cleans their tank daily tank by siphoning waste that may accumulate and become toxic to the animals.
As a safety measure, we quarantine new animals before introducing them into the tank to prevent the spread of highly contagious disease.
Spotting health warnings for seahorses
To perform an accurate health evaluation, veterinarian needs to be familiar with the anatomical and behavioural characteristics of the sea horses. We monitor seahorses to check for irregularities.
For example, when a seahorse refuses to eat, this might be a sign that is unwell. Seahorses are big eaters as they have no teeth and food passes through their digestive systems very quickly. Their diet consists of plankton and small crustaceans.
When a seahorse does not eat, veterinary intervention such as force feeding is done if necessary.
A lot of patience and effort is required for rearing seahorses in an aquarium. Our team of vets work closely with the aquarists at the Marine Life Park to ensure the well-being of seahorses and all our other marine animals.
Find out more Spotted Seahorses at the S.E.A. Aquarium.[The Vets] gives you insights on some of the things the Marine Life Park vets do at work.