Infant Seahorses!

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A friend of mine who is an expert seahorse breader, needed to leave town for a week. Daddy Seahorse gave birth to about 300 seahorse the week before. My friend split up the babies to a few other friends. This is what I'm babysitting:


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WOW that is so cool


your a lucky girl to e babysitting those, awesome pics thanks for sharing them with us:thumbup:
 
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I'm not sure that this is luck! I've been a nervous wreck! My friend has breed thousands, I've kept ZERO!!!!! But they are alive! So far!
 

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Incredible, good luck with them :)

Any idea what species they are?
 
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Wow, that is challenge. Good Luck, you will keep them happy and healthy (if your anemone husbandry is anything to go by) :thumbup1:
 
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Any idea what species they are?
Erectus

I've been keeping in touch with the others that are babysitting the seahorses. Everyone is doing well with them. Out of the 85 that I received, I've lost 3. I believe this was caused while floating the bag to acclimate temp. A few of them kept getting caught in the folds of the plastic bag near the knot. They were pretty lathargic looking once they were released.

I wished we would have used something else to transport them. A ziplock bag would have been better.
 
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Took some pics tonight. These are now about one month old. They are still eating live brine, and tonight I introduced some copepods. Soon I will start trying to get them on frozen food. I have another batch of infants coming in a week to 10 days.


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WOW! They have sure grown! BTW Anemone - what plant is that you have in the tank? Is it a mangrove? (Red? White?)

Another thing - how many have you now lost (sounds bad - sorry ;-) up till now?
 
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That is just a plastic plant, much easier to clean, but gives them something to hitch on to.

There have been many losses, unfortunately. 21 were returned to the breeder. 8 stayed behind because I felt they were just too weak for a transport. Of those 8, 4 remain, and are very strong looking. I've made a few changes for the next batch. I'm going to drop off a small tank at the breeders so that she can put them directly in my tank when she removes them so that I can eliminate acclimation. Within a few days of the first batch, everyone who was babysitting had many losses. A few of us moved them to a smaller tank, we went from a 10 gallon to a 2 1/2 gallon. This seemed to help a lot.

Water changes are still done daily, however, I am now dripping the new water into the tank so that they are not shocked by any chemistry differences.

To make matters worse, two of my brine shrimp batches never hatched. I am now set up to have 3 going at once, with one being the enrichment stage.

This is only daddy seahorses second birth. The first one was premature, yolk sacks were still attached, the second batch (the one I got) he held on to them a little longer than he should have. We have no idea if this had anything to do with the number of losses.

This has been a huge learning experience, lots of work, depressing at times, but also a lot of fun. Since the breeder only keeps every third batch, I will be getting many more chances.
 

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Brilliant! Sorry about the losses though. BUT I can only presume that's how it goes in nature too.... I think that perhaps you might be giving them a MUCH better chance though, compared to nature....
 
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Yes, I've done a heck of a lot of reading about them in these last few weeks, and a lot more to do. Its just too bad they can't live with Anemones!!! :(
 

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