I checked out seahorse.org and read through some of the threads. There is a sticky about raising reidi babies, which is the kind I have. As I was reading through it, my eyes stayed wide and my mouth hit the floor.
It seems like the tank set-up is not that big of a deal as long as it's BB, and there's nothing in the tank that can harm the fry. i.e. exposed heater, aptasia on LR
The battle is going to be feeding. And I have no idea how to culture rotifers, or hatch baby brine shrimp. Thr rotifers need to feed to stay alive, and they eat this stuff called nanno something. It's some type of algae I think, that turns the water green. I'm pretty sure the brine shrimp kit will come with instructions, so hopefully I won't have too much of a problem with that. At some point, I'll need to ween them off the brine shrimp and try to get them to eat frozen.
The success rate is slim to none, especially for unprepared, inexperienced people like myself. I wanted to raise seahorses at some point, but I was planning on this years down the road when I'm finished with school, have a fish room in my home, and much more time on my hands. Unfortunately, I have frisky guys that thought it would be a great idea to hook up and make babies after being in my tank 4 days.
I'm hoping the LS
will assist in cycling my tank fast, or better yet, not cycle at all. I was advised against a breeding net because the babies can get stuck on the netting. I got some suggestions on how to keep them from sucking air from the surface, but I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing about that? Two people on SH.org said they don't use a heater in their fry tanks, and the temp fluctuates between 68 and 76 in their homes. My house stays at about 70 at the coolest. Most of the time I rock a wife beater when I'm home in the winter, so I may be ripping the heater out of the tank to avoid extra work. I noticed some aptasia on the LR
gave me, and I don't want the babies going in the bag of LS
. So I'll also be taking out the LS
when it's time for the babies to go in there. I'm going to leave in the plastic plants, and I'll be getting some plastic craft mesh, cuz I heard it's ideal for the babies once they start hitching.
I'm very discouraged at how much work is involved, and the fact that I really don't have the time to invest in this right now. And although, I'm not a pessimist, I am a realist; and it doesn't look like I'll be having much success with this endeavor. I am, however, going to give it my best shot.
With all that being said.....Anyone know how to culture rotifers???