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Old 03-22-2007, 10:02 PM   #21
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Just took this and figured I'd post it. Quick shot of my male, Jo. He's 11 days pregnant. Due date in 3 days. His pouch is way bigger than last time - and THIS time I'm ready. Plan on moving him to a fry tank before he gives birth. Giving away this brood to a local reefer again, but hopefully next time I'm going to try and raise them myself.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:31 PM   #22
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Congrats on the horses! They're great looking.

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And I'm having a real problem with rust color algae on my sand
That looks like cyano to me.
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Old 04-16-2007, 04:22 PM   #23
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Just as an update, I got the cyano under control by adding a couple smaller Maxi-jets deep in the tank, which do not seem to bother the horses. My temperature is now steady at 73 degrees after replacing an old maxi-jet that was throwing some serious heat.

I did have a problem with my male. He stopped eating and began to lose weight pretty quickly. I gave him a freshwater dip, which he handled really well. Doing some research, I found that seahorses tolerate freshwater dips much better than most fish as long as ph and temperature match. Unfortunately, I did have to follow it up with a formalin bath, which seemed to solve the eating issue.

I switched from Hikari mysis to PE Mysis and I've seen a real improvement in eating habits in general and the weight of all the horses (and my mandarin).

My male has given birth 3 times and is working on his 4th brood.

Everything seems to be going well and I'm really enjoying these little guys. Unfortunately, my flatworm population has officially reached plague proportions and simply siphoning them out is not keeping their population down. I'm probably going to have to move everyone out to a QT for a while and dose with Flatworm Exit. They are getting out of control.
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Glad to hear the good report. Look forward to hearing more.
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:53 PM   #25
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Good to hear you've been successful! Some minor set backs, but hey if it was easy it would not be worth it right? heh
How often do they normally reproduce in captivity? It seems as if they have become less expensive and more readily available in the last few years.
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:00 PM   #26
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My male usually gets pregnant either the day or the day after he gives birth.
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:10 PM   #27
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Seahorses know how to get down lol. Seriously though, wow that's impressive. Are there nutrients issues or technics for removal? Does it cause water quality issues?
Sorry Skinnypete if I'm hijacking the thread, those are my last questions.
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I use a Phosban Reactor and Purigen along with PWCs and regular maint to keep down my phosphate (phosban reactor with phosban) and purigen (it polishes the water and removes ammonia/nitrItes/nitrAtes).
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:15 PM   #29
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Are there nutrients issues or technics for removal? Does it cause water quality issues?
Do you mean that the babies cause nutrient and water quality issues in the tank?
They die in a couple days if I leave them in the main tank. They also get sucked up by intake tubes regardless of sponge coverings. They are so small that they fit in the porous matter of the sponge covers. Eventually, the mixture of the suction and them wriggling around will pull them completely through the sponge and through whatever contraption has the intake tube. I worry about them clogging my equipment. I'm assuming that leaving them in the main tank would cause water quality issues because the survival rate is pretty much nil without a complex baby set-up and some seriously intricate dynamics.
As far as removal of the babies....I pull them out with a shrimp net and throw them in the quarantine/baby tank. I have not yet successfully raised any of the babies. I have reidis. From what I've heard they are the most difficult to raise.
Hope that answers your question.
Hey skinny pete, can you post some new pics? I love your tank
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Your tank inspires me to set up a seahorse tank. Now, to pass it by the family accountant, erm I mean, wife.
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