Kuda Seahorse - Hippocampus kuda The Kuda Seahorse is a relatively large species. Like all seahorses, the head is held at right angles to the body, the eyes can move independently of each other, and the tail is prehensile. The Kuda Seahorse is a smooth seahorse, with low spines. Often have spots throughout the body. The colors typically range from black to pale yellows to orangish yellows. Colors are not fixed and may change based surroundings, diet, stress, mood or possibly other factors. Instead of having scales, as in most other fish, Kuda Seahorse have a layer of skin stretched over bony plates that are visible as rings passing around the trunk. Swimming is powered by the rapidly oscillating dorsal fin, and they steer using the fins on either side of the body. The Kuda Seahorse has a deep head and body and a thick, robust snout. Individuals are often completely black or they may be yellowish or cream with large dark spots. In common with other seahorses, this species is a master of camouflage, and may occasionally be sandy in colour in order to blend in with the background. The Kuda Seahorse is a high maintenance fish. They may act peacefully toward other fish Maximum Size:
The Kuda Seahorse grows up to 12 inches. General Size:
They generally come between 3 - 6 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
A 30 gallons or larger aquarium provides a good environment for Kuda Seahorses. Tank Conditions:
The Kuda Seahorse should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023 Habitat:
Commonly found in sea grasses along coastal areas as well as in rocky areas in the water of Western Pacific Ocean and throughout Indian Ocean. Diet and Feeding:
The Kuda Seahorse is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of inverts. It feeds on various Mysis Shrimp, daphnia guppies, grass shrimp, mosquito and larva a few times/day.