I'm curious to see if they are longer lived for me in this pico. In the past they'd only last a few months for me. I swore I'd never try them again, but now having an actually anemone for them, maybe they'll do better???? Guess I'll find out.
Seahorses eat decorative shrimp????
Yeah, maybe they'll do better in that little tank dedicated just to them Its probably hard to tell age on them, so maybe the ones you got in the past were already older. I kind of wonder if they have a very long lifespan anyway.
So seahorses eat small shrimp in the wild. They can't eat any that are very large, like if I put one of my big skunk cleaners in there, there couldn't eat it. However, they have tiny snouts, but when they "snick" they suck in water really fast and create a strong vacuum. Even if shrimp or food is too big to fit in their snout all at once, they can snick it and actually rip it to pieces by snicking it repeatedly. You can actually buy live ghost shrimp, and they can still eat them as long as they're not too big. Pedersons/spotted anemone shrimp are kind of on the borderline in terms of eatable size. Zia fed his seahorses some live ghost shrimp in the past and they ate all but one of them. One of them was either too big or too wily and stayed in his tank. I wonder if that one is still in there actually...
This is from KPA's description of the spotted cleaners:
These shrimp never get more than about an inch long, so if you have aggressive fish such as triggerfish, groupers, wrasses, and snappers, they will probably get eaten so I would not recommend adding them to systems with that type of fish. Sea horses may also eat them, so I would not suggest mixing the two.