Seahorses and pipefish have finally entered the post-genomic era with the publication of two complete genomes in December of 2016. Lin et al. (2016) published the genome sequence of the tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes) in Nature, and Small et al. (2016) published the genome sequence of the Gulf pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli) in Genome Biology. In addition to providing interesting insights about gene loss and duplications related to key adaptations in this group of fishes, these genomes open many new doors in syngnathid research.