Aquarists should buy captive bred seahorses to stop seahorses from being taken out of the ocean. Many species are already threatened by overfishing and deteriorating conditions to their habitat. There is worldwide concern that many seahorse species will become extinct; prompting significant conservation, educational efforts and captive breeding to protect the future of these amazing creatures.
Also, captive bred seahorses are already accustomed to living in a closed saltwater environment. They are trained to eat frozen food that can be managed for a balanced nutrition. It can be difficult to train a wild-caught seahorse to eat frozen food rather than live ocean foods and can even starve if not able to adapt.