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Southwatch Seahorse Farm is a State certified aquaculture facility. We opened our doors in early 2009 steming from decades of experience and fascination.  Starting as a small operation, the facility has recently been expanded to accommodate our growing technology and production.  Our facilities cannot be categorized.  They incorporate the functionality of an aquaculture facility with the beauty and wonder of a public aquarium.  State of the art technology and the most current husbandry practices ensure that our animals are well cared for and healthy.  We protect wild populations of seahorses by providing an alternative to the collection of these delicate species.

Southwatch Seahorse Farm uses natural water sources which are then filtered using commercial Reverse Osmosis and De-Ionization devices.  This provides the cleanest natural source of water and fortifies the health of our seahorses. Southwatch does not return any water into the ground or other water supplies.

Our state of the art food culture facility provides varieties of live foods that are essential for each stage of growth. We enrich our foods with natural elements to ensure that each animal is receiving proper nutrition. This enrichment contributes to the overall wellness of our animals.

Southwatch ensures the health of our animals by utilizing minimal stocking densities.  Our systems are carefully designed and expertly crafted by local manufacturers.   We utilize acrylics as opposed to fiberglass construction.  This allows for maximum observation, which is necessary during the early stages of rearing.  Each system is designed for a specific purpose and is filtered with the highest standards of water quality in mind.  Our systems are strictly monitored to provide the cleanest and healthiest environment for our animals.

Our facility is held to the highest degree of Bio-Security.  We maintain a strict level of cleanliness and sanitization throughout each branch.

We thank you for choosing to protect endangered populations of seahorses in every ocean.

aquaculture certification # AQ3251157

 

 

Why Our Seahorses Are Different

Seahorses have been kept by home aquarist for decades and have traditionally required live foods such as brine shrimp and mysids. Each and every seahorse that leaves our facility has been systematically weaned from live foods to enriched mysis shrimp. As the seahorses start day one they are fed small phytoplankton and shrimp in appropriate life stages. As they grown older, they are introduced to larger foods such as ghost shrimp and adult artemia. When they reach the appropriate stage, they are switched gradually to frozen mysis. We prefer to use Mysis relicta which are collected from the cold, freshwater lakes in northern parts of the United States. They are flash frozen onboard the collection vessels and retain nearly 100 percent of their nutrients. Mysis in general have higher overall protein and lower fat than other frozen foods. With proper enrichment, they make an excellent choice for healthy seahorses.