Seahorses hold a special place in our hearts, whether it be due to
their unique appearance, their mythological references, or the fact that
it is the male who burdens the responsibility of child ( seahorse ) birth.
The reproduction of seahorses is truly remarkable. The male seahorse
has a pouch, the marsupium, into which the female seahorse lays her
eggs. The male fertilises the eggs and cares for them for about three weeks.
During this time, he aerates the pouch, and, most remarkably of all, nourishes
the eggs through a capillary network in the pouch with his own "placental
fluids". At the end of the "pregnancy", the male gives birth to 100-250
fully formed young seahorses of about 1cm in length.
Seahorses are not easy to keep, and should not be kept by beginning
hobbyists. If you have a little 'saltwater' under your belt and you wish
to consider keeping seahorses the following articles and links should give
you good insight into their keeping, feeding, breeding and the raising
Frozen Mysis Shrimp to Captive Seahorses
Method for Enriching Frozen Mysis Shrimp
Automatic Seahorse Feeder
Bacterial and Fungal Infections in Seahorses