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Old 12-23-2006, 09:38 AM   #31
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I agree Sadie as I have a long way to go in learning. I`ve already decided that I will get captive bred only. I`ve read that you can feed frozen to these while Wild caught have to be fed live foods. Also thanks Mike for the info , I`ll check more into it. I`ve been on other seahorse sites and I`ve seen many tanks with LR. Maybe I`ll just leave mine where it is at 1 lb per gallon. Maybe just add some of those fake tree sponges.
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:21 PM   #32
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The amount of live rock isn't really a factor at all, and no, they do not hurt themselves on it.

Btw, you don't EVER buy wild caughts. Not only do you have a part in depleting wild populations (which isn't needed since there are hundreds of breeding projects out there), but you'd also be buying something that would cost a fortune to feed- and has an almost 90 percent more risk of getting a disease than captive bred.

As for buying from Dracomarine, good job! They are one of the very few seahorse breeders that supply healthy stock and know what they are doing. Seahorsesource (the choice place to buy a seahorse) is also worth looking into. If you want a great beginner species, try Erectus. You may be able to fit around 3-4 in a 30 gallon, but it would be best off by sticking with two to begin with. (stocking suggestion is for erectus only, some other species show variability) Make sure you also have a quarantine tank up beforehand. You really don't have an idea of how bad and complicated seahorse diseases can be :p.

As for the whole skimmer debate, there really isn't much conclusive data that says skimmers cause internal or external gas bubble disease. The micro bubbles are of some concern, but more so for male seahorses. The bubbles get caught in the pouch- leading to pouch emphysema is some cases. In some scenarios, skimmers are THOUGHT to be what causes it, but there are so many things that could have been the cause. Oversaturation of gases in the water, bacterial infections, etc. If your worried about gas bubble disease, look into Diamox (a pill for humans that causes bloating, etc. to go down with gas bubble disease).

As for getting the "pods" to breed, you mainly want amphipods (seahorses love these), copepods are also eaten by some individuals but very rarely.

Lastly, like said, DO NOT mix different species, and DO NOT mix seahorses with pipefish.

Hope that helps a bit Melosu, just remember, everyone on seahorse.org is always willing to help if you need it! Good luck with your new project, seahorses are my passion for obvious reasons!
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Hope that helps a bit Melosu, just remember, everyone on seahorse.org is always willing to help if you need it!
Already been there several times and it is a very nice place to go. Also I will be raising erectus seahorses. I appreciate your advice. That`s what this thread is about.
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Here is the tank with the lighting. Hoping to add a little macro from my reef refugium and hopefully seahorses next week. I`ll have to add a small PH also
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Mel you may want to consider using PVC pipe with holes drilled into it and suction cups to hold it to cover the heater and cap the bottom as well with a cap for PVC it prevents them from hitching onto it and getting burned . The other thing to consider is that it is glass you may want to look into a titanium one with the PVC as well .It is comming along very well !
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I dont really want to put PVC around it. Maybe I can run it horizontal at the top or maybe I can put LR around it. Just guessing.
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Someone else suggested a coarse grade mesh around it. Thanks Sadie for reccomending that about the heater. That could have been a real disaster. Anybody else see something I missed.
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Perhaps a larger filter and a smaller heater like these
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that you could place it into the filter it would also clean up the tank a bit ?
Glad to have helped ya Mel tho I am not sure how much help I was

This comes in black or blue you could wire tie it to itself by puching holes in it and if you paint the back you would be hiding it to the back ground ?It is found in craft stores it is called plastic sewing canvis and is very easy to cut
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Now that could be doable. How about a smaller heater in the cartridge area of the emporer. That area is pretty deep. It would be like a small sump area.
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