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Old 12-13-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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seahorse tank update

So sadly my male seahorse recently passed away (had them since april). Cause of death-unknown. He always seemed stronger than my female (always eating quicker and more, even gobbled down blood worms which my female still wont touch). He was eating great the one day...next day i noticed he only ate about half as much and wasn't swimming around like normal. The day after that he didn't eat at all, I moved him to the quarantine tank right away and the next day he ate about 6 pieces. I thought this was great but sadly that night he died. There was no visible signs of disease or parasite so i was thinking it was possible old age? Anyone else have any ideas??

My remaining female seahorses is still doing great. My LFS got another shipment of seahorses (this time reidi). This is their first seahorse shipment since april when i picked up my last ones. I bought four and they are currently set up in a 10 gallon tank. They are very small but all eating mysis well. The first day i had them they all ate but i noticed some odd twitching. Twitching can be a sign of parasites so i have been lowering the salinity over the last few days for hypo-salinity treatment. Does anyone think this is a bad idea? I've read online that it may slow growth rates but will have no long term effect on young reidi seahorses. The salinity is currently at 1.014 and i am planning on doing a water change today to lower it to 1.012 which i will leave it at (it is recommended that you go no lower than 1.011 for seahorses).

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The first pic can be a size reference. That is the heater clip beneath the horse.
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i'm not sure about the hypo for seahorses. as a matter of fact i don't know very much about them except that many of the ones you see at the LFS should not be sold at all, because they don't do well in captivity.
have you asked at seahorse.org?
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thanks, yah i just made a profile with them, I had one with seahorse.com but couldn't figure it out....i like the way this site is set up much better than the seahorse sites haha but hopefully someone there can help out.
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not sure about seahorses, but those guys are awesome! i'm hoping to keep some dwarfs someday
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Thanks i really hope these guys live. I thought about dwarfs but decided not to try them since they will only eat live food. If these guys dont make it i think i'll hold off on the seahorses until im done school and have a home of my own...kinda pointless to keep trying when i might be moving out soon :p

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That`s the reason I gave it up after a yr because they would jus slowly die off. Hopefully it will do better for you.
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not sure about seahorses, but those guys are awesome! i'm hoping to keep some dwarfs someday
I wouldn't try dwarfs unless you have tons of time on your hands. I learned that from experience. But they do breed like crazy just like guppies.
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