Seahorses available - Hyppocampus Erectus

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  1. bryan

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    Hi everyone!

    We have CAPTIVE BRED Hyppocampus ERECTUS available!
    They are SUPER HARDY and ridiculous easy to keep.
    Taking Frozen Mysis Shrimp from our hand :thumbup: feeding them is a breeze!!

    We will be keeping limited stock at the store...please don't stress out when you only see a few at a time...we have more!!!! :biggrin:

    Packaging can be arranged free of charge for 36hr transport.
    Please make use of your own courier to collect from our premises... :)
     
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  3. KeeganP

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    :thumbup: Awesome stuff Bryan
     
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    please can u pm pricing for a pair
     
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    R800 ea.
    Unfortunately still too small to be sexed positively.
     
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    Rofl that vid is so funny. it like stares at the food haha.
    So cute
     
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    Incredible Brian - love the way they are eating while the fish next door waits for a possible bite - hahahahaha

    Jungle aquatics rule
     
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    Brilliant video, love the way the one seahorse wraps his tail around the other one near the end, too cute.
     
  10. jacoc

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    is this for a pair ...?
     
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    Wonderful to see captive bread ponies available Bryan! but please promote responsible buying, as they still do require allot more care than normal fish and should be kept in spcific size tanks etc.
     
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    They definately stare down their food before they snick at it!

    Good to hear that CB seahorse are now in SA.
     
  13. Hermanus

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    :thumbup: Going to pot up a tank for seahorses one day
     
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    I really think that Statement is misleading and irresponsible.
    Seahorses need a dedicated species specific tank to live in and hence are Not SUPER HARDY and ridiculous easy to keep!
    That statement will give people who dont know any better the wrong idea of keeping a seahorse and will be causing unnecessary loss of life.
     
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    Agreed ziyaadb!
     
  16. timinnl

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    Greetings from Amsterdam,

    It is great to see True Captive Bred H. erectus being offer for sale. They will make great pets for someone who is willing to meet their needs. Please do as much research as you can before buying them.

    Seahorses sometimes falls into the GOTTA HAVE or Bragging rights group. It happened over here in The Netherlands & The U.K. when the H. zostera landed. People bought them for all the wrong reasons and within a period of 4 to 6 months, they lost them all or sold them off.

    Here is some info I wrote up on them:

    Please you not read hardy & robust as meaning EASY TO KEEP.

    Hippocampus erectus

    Tank Size: Minimum of 120 liter. Add 55liter for each additional pair. They will make use of every part of the tank.

    Temperature: 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. 20 to 23 temp range is ideal.

    Flow rate: Minimum of 8 to 10 times the turnover rate. Provide them with areas of low, med and high
    flow rates.

    Filteration Method: Tank with sump, tank with a canister filter, tank with bio-filter and so on. Choose
    a tank that is not enclosed for gas exchange and lower temperature. Plug & Play tanks are not ideal for seahorses. They tend to run warmer and overheat. Here is a great thread on Plug N Play tanks. It tells you some of the problems with the design and some things you can do to fix it.

    Live Rock: If properly treated to removed aiptasia anemone, majano anemone and other predator then
    it is ok to use. Better yet, start with dry/dead live rocks for 90% of your aquascaping and add a few pieces of live rocks that you are sure are pest free.

    Frozen Diet: Mysis as the main diet & the use of krill as a treat. Easily trained to eat from a feeding dish.

    Live Diet: Mysis, ghost shrimp, enriched adult artemia and gammarus. You can enrich the artemia with Dan’s feed, live micro algae, algae paste and so on. You can also feed the enriched artemia to the mysis and/or ghost shrimp before feeding them to the seahorses.

    Characteristics & Behaviors: H. erectus are deep barrel chested seahorses; they are a robust and hardy seahorse. They are very inquisitive of their surrounding and enjoy a good hunt. They have a very healthy appetite and enjoy a diet of both frozen and live food. Not uncommon for them to beg for food when you are near the tank. Hand feeding them is encouraged. They can be found with lined patterns throughout the body, sometimes with or without saddle markings. Colors ranging from black, brown, grey, green, yellow, orange, and red. Colors are not fixed and may change based on surroundings, tank size, water quality, tank mates, diet, stress, mood or possibly other factors. They may or may not have cirri. Buy the H. erectus because you want to own & care for one. Do not buy them based on any color or markings they made have or do not have.

    Distribution: They can be found along the length of the Atlantic Coast of the US and in the Gulf of Mexico. They have been found as far north as Nova Scotia due to currents and are believed to go as far south as Brazil.

    Habitat & Aquascaping: Commonly found in sea grasses along coastal areas. This is the same area where the shrimp boats trawl for shrimp. Most of the wild caught H. erectus are the by-catch of this fishing method.

    They fit nicely in a tank aquascaped with live microalgae, dry live rock and branching corals for hitches.You can additional add plastic plants without any metal wires, plastic rings, plastic tree roots and so on.

    Sexual Maturity: Can be as young as 4 months of age. Normally they reach sexual maturity around the eight months mark. H. Erectus from southern waters for the most part produce fry that are benthic. The southern erectus fry are somewhat easy to rear. Provide then with a diet of copepods, enriched 24/48 hour old artemia, larval mysis and amipods.

    The Fry from H. erectus from northern waters for the most part goes through a pelagic phase and is more difficult to rear.

    It is best that you provide them with a tank set upped to meet their needs and requirements rather than placing into a tank as just another fish.

    Here is a tankmate guide that will help you decide what could work in a seahorse tank.

    Kind Regards,
    Tim
     
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    Hi bryan ...are they from andre...?
     
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    surly they know what they saying/ doing....keeping marines is not as difficult as most people make it to be...there is no scale on measuring the difficulty of keeping marines vs. any other living creature...in this instance the guys are saying its easy as they have firsthand experience in keeping these ponies...
    or they get them from someone that has the experience to give that rating as easy to keep... sometimes the guys that breed fish corals see the simplicity in keeping them and we should ask them what it is rather than question them.
     
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    Great post Tim, thanks!
    PS. how about lighting?
     
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    There is no special lighting requirements for seahorses. My seahorse tanks are lit with household lighting from the hardware store. However, heat can be an issue, so you don't want your lighting heating up the water.
     
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    Thanks Anemone :thumbup:

    Do you have a thread of your seahorse tank?
     
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