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Oh, yes – absolutely! The seahorse training program is always available from Ocean Rider, Lori. In fact, newbies and first-time and time buyers are required to complete the training program to my satisfaction before they can be certified and are authorized to purchase any ponies.
I would be happy to enroll you in the Ocean Rider seahorse training program, Lori, but before I do so I need to know your full name (first and last) for my records. It will also be helpful if you could tell me a little more about your background as an aquarist and the type of setup you are planning on using for your seahorses, if you are that far along in your planning. This additional information will help me to give you the best possible assistance and guidance as you progress through the lessons.
Please allow me to formally introduce myself, Lori. My name is Pete Giwojna and I provide tech-support for Ocean Rider (seahorse.com). As you know, part of my duties in that regard include providing a quick training course for new Ocean Rider customers and first-time buyers to get them up to speed on the aquarium care and requirements of seahorses.
The purpose of this training is twofold: (1) to assure that the hobbyist has a suitable aquarium, completely cycled and with the biofiltration fully established, ready and waiting when his seahorses arrive, and (2) to assure that the hobbyist has a good understanding of the aquarium care and requirements of Ocean Rider seahorses by the time he or she has completed the training and been certified. All of which will help to ensure that things go smoothly and that the home aquarist's first experience with Ocean Rider seahorses is rewarding and enjoyable.
This basic training is very informal and completely free of charge, yet quite comprehensive, Lori. Ocean Rider provides the free training as a service to their customers and any other hobbyists who are interested in learning more about the care and keeping of seahorses. It's a crash course on seahorse keeping consisting of 10 separate lessons covering the following subjects, and is conducted entirely via e-mail. There is no homework and there are no examinations or classes to attend or anything of that nature -- just a lot of good, solid information on seahorses for you to read through and absorb as best you can, at your own speed, working from your computer in the comfort of your own home. The training course consists of a total of several hundred pages of text with more than 230 full color illustrations, broken down into 10 lessons covering the following subjects:
Lesson 1: Selecting a Suitable Aquarium & Optimizing It for Seahorses.
Tank dimensions and specifications (why height is important);
Tank location and aquarium stressors;
Setting up a SHOWLR tank to create ideal conditions for seahorses;
titanium grounding probe
Test kits for monitoring water quality;
Aquascaping the seahorse tank;
artificial hitching posts
Basic aquarium setups for seahorses;
Lesson 2: Cycling a New Aquarium & Installing the Cleanup Crew.
The nitrogen cycle;
nitrification and denitrification
Step-by-step instructions for cycling a new marine aquarium;
Seahorse-safe sanitation engineers and aquarium janitors;
Starter seahorses (hardy, highly domesticated, high-health ponies)
Lesson 3: Reading Assignments (books, articles, and columns devoted to seahorses).
Lesson 4: Water Chemistry, Aquarium Maintenance, & Maintaining Optimum Water Quality.
Basic water quality parameters (acceptable range and optimum levels);
Advanced water chemistry for reef keepers;
Performing partial water changes to maintain good water quality;
Aquarium maintenance schedule;
Lesson 5: Feeding Seahorses.
Frozen Mysis serves as their staple, everyday diet;
brands of frozen Mysis
thawing and preparing frozen Mysis
enriching with Vibrance
Recommended feeding regimen;
how to tell if your seahorse is getting enough to eat
Feeding tips for seahorses;
preparing and serving the frozen Mysis
feeding new arrivals
setting up a feeding station
training the seahorses to use a feeding tray
artificial feeding stations
natural feeding stations
purchasing a ready-made feeding station
elevating the feeding station
Mysis relicta from Piscine Energetics
Broadcast feeding or scatter feeding -- just say no!
Lesson 6: Compatible Tankmates for Seahorses.
Safe and unsafe companions -- no guarantees;
fish to avoid
Feeding seahorses in a community tank;
Seahorse-proofing a reef tank
lighting the seahorse reef
managing water circulation for a seahorse reef
Lesson 7: Courtship & Breeding.
Courtship displays in Hippocampus (fully illustrated)
tilting and reciprocal quivering
pouch displays (pumping and ballooning)
copulatory rise and the egg transfer
Male brooding -- a true pregnancy
Giving birth -- dawn deliveries
Lesson 8: Raising the Young.
Determining ease of rearing
Setting up a basic nursery for benthic babies
Advanced nursery tank options for pelagic fry
the shaded nursery
kriesel and pseudokreisel nurseries
the divided nursery
in-tank nurseries (illustrated)
the greenwater "starter" nursery
hyposalinity for pelagic fry
Culling the fry (if necessary)
Feeding the fry
hatching and enriching brine shrimp (Artemia)
decapsulated brine shrimp eggs
culturing rotifers and copepods
Fry feeding schedule
Lesson 9: Disease Prevention and Control.
Captive bred vs. wild-caught seahorses
Importance of High-Health seahorses
Seahorse anatomy illustrations
Screening seahorses from your LFS
Quarantine protocol for pet-shop ponies and wild seahorses
Beta glucan boosts immunity to disease
Early detection of health problems
disease symptoms in seahorses
What to do at the first sign of a health problem
The seahorse-keepers medicine chest
first aid kit for seahorses
must-have medications to keep on hand
properties of the main medications
Hepatic lipidosis (prevalence of fatty liver disease)
Seahorse disease book
Lesson 10: Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus) & Acclimating New Arrivals.
Nature of Mustangs and Sunbursts
multi-generational approach to rearing
Hippocampus erectus species summary
scientific name and common names
meristic counts and morphometric measurements (illustrated)
climate and distribution
color and pattern
onset of sexual maturity
ease of rearing
natural habitats and natural history
preferred parameters and aquarium requirements
suggested stocking density
successful rearing protocols
feeding the fry
nursery tank designs
rearing and grow out tanks
diet and nutrition
wide ranging species with different races
Acclimating new arrivals (step-by-step instructions)
Keeping and culturing red feeder shrimp (Halocaridina rubra)
The seahorse training program is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, Lori, and once we begin the lessons, I will be providing you with detailed information on all of the subjects above and answering any questions you may have about the material I present so that everything is perfectly clear to you. I will also be recommending seahorse-related articles for you to read and absorb online.
In short, Lori, the training course will teach you everything you need to know to keep your seahorses happy and healthy, and it will arm you with the information you need in order to tackle your first ponies with confidence. It will explain how to set up a new aquarium and optimize it to create ideal conditions for your seahorses.
How long this training will take to complete depends on your experience level as an aquarist to a large extent. For example, if you have never kept seahorses before and you do not already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running, it will take at least eight weeks for your training and preparations to be completed before you can be certified. It will take that long to learn the basics of seahorse keeping, set up a suitable aquarium, cycle the tank from scratch to establish the biological filtration, and optimize the tank to create an ideal environment for seahorses. Only then can you be certified ready to receive your first seahorses.
On the other hand, experienced marine aquarists and hobbyists that have had seahorses before and already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running can be certified much more quickly. I will run through the same basic information with them, but most of the information I provide will be familiar material for such hobbyists and they should be able to review it and get up to speed quickly, plus they should have well-established aquariums ready, fully matured that they can fairly quickly adapt in order to make them more ideal for seahorses. In a case like that, certification can be completed as soon as they have absorbed the material I provide and are confident they have a good grasp of the specialized requirements and aquarium care of the seahorses.
So in order to get started, Lori, the first thing I need to know is how experienced you are with saltwater aquariums. Have you ever kept a marine aquarium before? If so, how long have you been involved with the saltwater aquarium hobby? Do you have one or more marine aquariums up and running at this time? If so, how long have the tanks been in operation?
Do you have an aquarium up and running at this time that you intend to use as a seahorse tank? If so, can you please describe the aquarium system you will be using for your seahorse tank? How large is the aquarium (length, width, and height)? What kind of filtration equipment is installed and running on the aquarium? What type of lighting system does the tank you? How long has the proposed seahorse tank been up and running? Please list all of the current inhabitants of the aquarium you will be using as your seahorse tank, if any.
It doesn't matter if you don't have a suitable aquarium for your seahorses up and running at this time, Lori. I will be providing you with lots of recommendations and options in that regard so that you can pick out a tank that is just right for your needs and interests. And, of course, once we begin, I will be working with you personally every step of the way through our ongoing correspondence until your new aquarium is ready for seahorses and you are well prepared to give them the best of care, regardless of how long that may take.
All we ask in return is that you stick with the highly domesticated Ocean Rider Mustangs or Sunbursts when you are finally ready to stock your tank, Lori. As you know, Mustangs and Sunbursts are the perfect ponies for beginners. They are hardy, highly adaptable, easy to feed, and perfectly adapted for aquarium life -- the world's only High-Health seahorses, guaranteed to be free of specific pathogens and parasites.
Because the seahorse training program is a correspondence course that is conducted by e-mail, Lori, we must first establish e-mail communication before we can begin. Please send a brief message with the additional information requested above to the following e-mail address at your earliest convenience, and I will get you started out with the lessons as soon as I receive the e-mail:
Best wishes with all your fishes, Lori!
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor
We would like to get started in the seahorse training program. We were at the facility in April and my daughter has taken a real interest in sea horses. We have had fresh water fish and turtles but not for some time. We would need to purchase a new set up. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Colleen and Amanda ~ [email protected]
I have 10 years of saltwater tank experience. I currently have a 100 gal. community tank, with fish mated clown fish, yellow tang purple tang Coral beauty,scooter blenie, mushrooms, cleanup crew, live rock 100 pounds and crushed coralbed3 in.. Lighting for the mushroom. I also have a 55 gallon agressive tank. It has 50 pounds of live rock 3 inch crushed coral, A very large lionfish and a large huma huma trigger fish.
For the seahorse tank I have tank that is seahorse only. It is 4x2x2 100 gallon.It has been cycling for 8 weeks. It has 40 pounds of live rock a crushed coral sandbed 100 pounds.Temp 75,nitrate 20ppm, nitrit 0,sal 1.024, ph 7.8.
I would like to take the required seahorse training.
Outstanding! A 100-gallon aquarium that is 4 feet long and 2 feet tall can certainly make a wonderful habitat for seahorses that offers them excellent stability and plenty of room to roam as well as providing the aquarist with a very comfortable margin for error.
The nitrate levels (20 ppm) are a bit high and the pH (7.8) is a bit too low, but that will be easy to correct once the aquarium has completely cycled and the biological filtration is well established, and all the other aquarium parameters are excellent, Sue.
Needless to say, I would be very pleased to enroll you in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, Sue, but it is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, so we must first establish contact off list before you can begin the training course. Please send a quick e-mail message to me at the following e-mail address, Sue, and I will get you started out with the training material as soon as I receive your reply:
Best wishes with all your fishes, Sue!
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor
Hello Pete, I'm interested in purchasing and rearing some of your seahorses.
I have a 600gallon sps dominant mixed reef system which was featured in Reef Keeping magazine November 2011 issue as the tank of the month for Reef Central . com. One tank integrated in the system is a home to several erectus seahorses. I have kept them for over 5 yrs after raising some fry given to me by one of your former customers. The current seahorse abode is a 19 inch high 40 gallon tank which drains and receives water from the main system. It is dedicated to seahorses only I plan to enhance the size dedicated to seahorses as I go. All water parameters are well within your guidelines. There are hitching posts of yellow plastic chain and several artifical corals with just a little live rock ( most of it is elsewhere in the system along with several refugia).There is also some red macro algae in the seahorse tank and they enjoy settling in it.
My name on Reef Central.com is tmz. I was honored to be named a Taam RC member and memeber of th Reefkeeping magazine staff. I have contributed over 18,00O posts and helped hundreds of folks with aqaurium husbandry ,biology and chemistry. I'm looking forward to leaning new things about seahorses as they are one of my favorite animals.
I am however, eager to get a few new animals ,so I hope the process wont delay a purchase.
A 40-gallon aquarium that is plumbed into your main aquarium system so that it can benefit from the pristine water quality maintained for your 600 gallon reef system should make a superb habitat for seahorses, and I would be very pleased to enroll you in the Ocean Rider seahorse training program so that you can learn more about the husbandry of these amazing aquatic equines!
However, the training program is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, so before we can proceed we must first establish e-mail communication. If you will please send a brief reply off list to the following e-mail address, which includes your full name for my records, I will gladly send you all of the training material as soon as I receive your message:
The training program is designed so that you can proceed through the lessons at whatever speed is convenient for you and your busy schedule, TMZ, and an experienced marine aquarist and expert reefer like yourself will be able to breeze right through all the lessons, so there should be no significant delay in your case, once we have begun our correspondence.
In the meantime, best wishes with all of your fishes (and invertebrates), sir!
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support
My husband and I have set up a 35 gallon tank about 2 months ago and have many beautiful corals in it. It also has some emerald crabs and a coral banded shrimp. We have realized that this may not be the best environment for seahorses (probably too strong a current, aggressive crabs, and stinging corals) so we have just set up a 14 gallon tank (18 inches high) which will be exclusively for seahorses. We will have hermit crabs, and snails but not emerald crabs or shrimp. And would you recommend any type of live coral? We have an orange artificial coral for a hitching post. Also we have a whip (which died in the other tank). What else would you recommend for hitching posts (anything living?)? We would like possibly to have two sets of mated pairs from you. I was considering a couple of pipefish but I see that they need more of a cave and a larger tank so this probably isn't a good idea.
I (we) would very much like to take your training course. Please let me know what else I need to do.
Holly Kent (and Craig Shifman)
Dear Holly & Craig:
Okay, guys, it sounds like you're on the right track. Your 35-gallon reef tank would indeed likely need some modifications in order to make a good habitat for the seahorses. You would probably need to moderate the water flow somewhat and you would need to relocate the coral banded shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) and any anemones or corals with large fleshy polyps equipped with powerful nematocysts (many LPS corals as well as certain SPS corals have potent stinging ability and could pose a possible threat to the seahorses). Emerald Mithrax often do well for seahorses providing they are small specimens and there is enough algae in the aquarium to keep them well fed.
If you're going to use a tank as small as 14 gallons for seahorses, you'll want to stick with the Sunbursts which are somewhat smaller on average than the Mustangs, and you'll want to request small specimens. In that case, it would also be best if you limited yourself to one mated pair of small Sunbursts plus a good cleanup crew.
If you would like to include small hermit crabs as part of your cleanup crew, Holly and Craig, it's very important to obtain dwarf or microhermit crabs for a seahorse tank -- species that start out small and remain small even when they reach their maximum size, such as the species listed below:
Dwarf Blue-leg hermits (Clibanarius tricolor)
Left-handed hermit (Calcinus laevimanus)
Mexican Red Legged Hermits (Clibanarius digueti)
Scarlet Reef hermit crabs (Paguristes cadenati)
Those are all examples of dwarf or microhermit crabs that will serve well as sanitation engineers for a seahorse setup, guys.
For living hitching posts, you may consider soft corals of all kinds (with the exception of like gorgonians and sea fans, which would not thrive in this particular set up) as well as colorful macroalgae. As far as macros go, I highly recommend red grape Caulerpa (Botryocladia), decorative Gracilaria or Ogo in various colors (yellow, gold, red, brown), and Dragon's tongue (Heymenia) in particular.
There is only one other thing you must do if you would like to participate in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, Holly and Craig, and that is to contact me via e-mail off list. The seahorse training program is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, so we must first establish e-mail contact before we can begin the lessons (when you post here on the discussion forum, I do not have access to your e-mail address). So please send me a brief note to the following e-mail address, and I will get you started out with the training material as soon as I get your message:
Best wishes with all your fishes, Holly and Craig! I hope to hear from you off list very soon.
Hey Pete emailed you about an hour ago and wasn't sure if I needed to post here as well, can't wait to get started!!
Dear Tony Rajkovich & Ron and Ruthie Wolfe:
Okay, guys, just a quick note to let you know that I received your e-mail inquiries off list ([email protected]ol.com) and you have been duly enrolled in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program. In fact, you should have received all of the materials for the training program by this time.
Be sure to let me know whenever you have any questions or concerns about any of the material in the lessons or the progress of your new seahorse setups.
Best wishes with all your fishes!
I am going to opt in for such a great program and will be sending an email answering the initial pre-questions that are on post one, as indicated in the thread.
I hope some sporadic multiple years of research, involvement in other hobbies, and a good solid FW basis will help with this new transition.
I sat for a long time on this, wanting to be responsible and explore my options.
It hit the pocket book, so it's time to leap.
Thanks and I am glad to be here. Email should be in the inbox shortly as I complete this.
I see the seahorse training thread was posted in 2010. Any chance the training program is still going? I emailed you my information.
Oh, yes - absolutely! The seahorse training program is an ongoing project that is always available from Ocean Rider, Sasha. In fact, newbies and first-time and time buyers are required to complete the training program to my satisfaction before they can be certified and are authorized to purchase any ponies.
I did receive your contact information off list, Sasha, and you have been enrolled in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program accordingly. By now you should have received the complete Ocean Rider seahorse training manual with all 10 lessons, so you should be ready to roll!
I'm looking forward to hearing back from you whenever you have any questions or concerns about any of the material in the training program, Sasha.
In the meantime, best wishes with all your fishes!
Is the Seahorse Training Program still available?
Absolutely! The seahorse training program is an ongoing project that is ALWAYS available from Ocean Rider, guys. In fact, newbies and first-time and time buyers are required to complete the training program to my satisfaction before they can be certified and are authorized to purchase any ponies.
If you want to receive the comprehensive seahorse training manual and participate in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, all you need to do is contact me via e-mail at the following e-mail address with a brief message that includes your full name (first and last) and a little background information about your experience as an aquarist (if any):
The seahorse training program is a correspondence course conducted entirely via e-mail, and once we have established e-mail contact, I will make all of the necessary arrangements and get you started out with all of the material for the training program right away.
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor
I would live to get all information and take the test to ensure the safety of owning seahorses. I have always been fascinated by them!
Excellent! I would be very happy to enroll you in the seahorse training program and get you started out with all the material to teach you how to keep seahorses successfully in a home aquarium.
But in order to do so, I must first have your e-mail address so that we can exchange information and stay in contact while you are going over all of the lessons.
As I said, if you want to receive the comprehensive seahorse training manual and participate in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, all you need to do is contact me via e-mail at the following e-mail address with a brief message that includes your full name (first and last) and a little background information about your experience as an aquarist (if any) plus a brief description of the aquarium system you are thinking of using for the seahorses at this time (if any):
I sent you an email message a few days ago about the course. Just wondering how soon I will hear from you. Thank You.
No problem. By the time you read this, you will have already been enrolled in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program and should have received your copy of the training manual.
Hobbyists who are interested in the seahorse training course should contact me off list via e-mail at the following address, and I will then make all of the necessary arrangements and begin the lessons with them as soon as I receive their communication:
Pete Giwojna Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor
Name: Jean Biernacki
I would like to take the course for educational purposes. I am a retired HS biology teacher. My only experience is with an outdoor Koi pond which I have successfully maintained since 2006. I am familiar with most chemistry requirements. I may wish to lead my grandchildren down this path sometime in the future.
I am very interested in your seahorse instruction.
I started with a 29 gallon nano tank and had pretty good results so then we had a tank made for us with the dimensions being 36 wide, 18 deep and 30 tall. I have kept seahorses on and off for 5 years and have enjoyed it but am exhausted with all the different advice I hear. I have been told that I can keep up to 20 seahorses in this tank but others have said between 6 and 8.
We have a protein skimmer and a reactor with Xport NO3 remover from Brightwell. We also have faux corals and faux plants from living colors to be used as hitching posts.
We have several other tanks with coral and fish, but I get great joy from the sea horses.
Would enjoy knowing as much as possible to keep the sea horses happy and healthy.
Missed the email address: [email protected]
hey Pete, I would like to find out about your certification classes....Thanks
Okay, I received your e-mail message regarding your interest in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, Pat, and I have sent you all of the pertinent information explaining exactly how the training course works.
In fact, you should have received your copy of the training manual by this time, Pat, and I am sure you are already well into the first lesson.
As you know, the first step for anyone who is interested in participating in the seahorse training and receiving their certification is to contact me via e-mail, with a little information about their background and experience as aquarists, if any, so that we can begin the correspondence course as soon as possible. Interested parties can always reach me at the following e-mail address:
best of luck with the lessons, Pat! Be sure to let me know when you have any questions or concerns about any of the material in the training program.
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support
Is the Training Program still active? I sent a request to your e-mail with some background last week.
Yes, sir – the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program is always active and always available for Ocean Rider clients and customers.
In fact, newbies and first-time buyers are required to complete the training satisfactorily before they will be allowed to purchase seahorses.
I have enrolled several new trainees both last week and this week, Don, but I have no record of a request by yourself, sir, and I went through my spam folder to see if your message had been inadvertently directed to my junk mail, but I found nothing to that effect…
Please go ahead and resend your background information to the following e-mail address, Don, and I will get you signed up right away:
My name is Patricia Heather I have been doing Saltwater for 12 years now i currently have a 400 gallon up and running and also I have a 120 Gallon tank for my seahorses at the moment I have a seperate sump tank I have a skimmer and uv lamp and lights of course I just started this hobby with the seahorses but at present I have 2 seahorses and i have also had 3 births from the father so far i have managed to save 6 from my last batch and they seem to be doing really really well the first 2 batches i took out of the parent tank and they didnt do well lost them all actually but this one i left with the parents and they seem to be thriving I really want to be able to know everything i need to know and how to take care of the babies at present I feed the babies every three hours but when do you cut back when do you start giving frozen mysis also the babies are eating frozen baby brine and doing very well on it So I am very eager and interested in your course Please sign me up Thanks
Wow - that's amazing that the third brood of young has been doing so well in the 120-gallon main tank with their parents, Patricia! I would have thought it would be virtually impossible to maintain a good feeding density of baby brine shrimp or other suitable foods for the babies in such a large volume of water. And it's equally remarkable to have the seahorse fry accepting frozen baby brine shrimp at such an early age. Well done!
As a general rule of thumb, Patricia, once the new juveniles reach 1-1/2 inches in length, they need a more substantial diet than newly hatched brine shrimp (or frozen baby brine shrimp), and they are ready to be weaned onto frozen foods. They should be receiving brine shrimp at advanced instars, including adult brine shrimp, at this size, and you should begin weaning them onto minced frozen Mysis and other frozen foods once they have grown to about 1-1/2 inches in length, as discussed below.
Making the Transition to Frozen Foods
The current thinking is that the fry can remain on a steady diet of newly hatched Artemia until you are ready to begin weaning them onto a diet of frozen foods (usually minced Mysids and/or Cyclop-eeze). Aquaculturists are now converting the fry to frozen foods earlier than ever, often beginning around 3-4 weeks old. Jeff Mitchell reports that the fry are healthier and grow faster the sooner they make the transition to enriched frozen foods, and he expects the young seahorses to have made the transition to frozen foods by the age of 4-1/2 weeks.
I generally have the best results using frozen Mysis. The best way to prepare the Mysis for the juvenile seahorses is to mince the frozen Mysis coarsely rather than putting it through a blender or any such thing. How fine or coarse you need to chop it depends on the size of your fry, since you want to wind up with bite-size pieces of Mysis. Initially, many breeders prefer to shave small pieces of Mysis off of a cube while it's still frozen.
The frozen Mysis that works best for most hobbyists is Hikari in frozen blocks rather than trays. The Hikari Mysis is much smaller than Piscine Energetics Mysis relicta and that makes it easier to shave off bite-sized pieces for the young seahorses. Some hobbyists report even better results using the new Mini Mysis offered by H2O Life, which is small enough that it often doesn't need to be minced or shaved before offering it to the juveniles.
When it comes to shaving the Mysis, a technique that works well for many home hobbyists is to use a potato peeler to shave off bits of the Hikari Mysis from a frozen block, and then use a single edged razor blade to further mince the frozen bits the potato peeler has removed.
Try offering the minced Mysis exclusively for their first feeding of the day when the youngsters are the hungriest. Watch the juveniles closely to see if any of them begin to pick at the minced Mysis or pick it up from the bottom. If they still aren't having any of it, siphon up the uneaten frozen Mysis after about half an hour and offer them newly hatched brine shrimp soaked in Mysis juice so that they have something to eat, and intermingle some freshly minced Hikari frozen Mysis or Cyclop-eeze in with the bbs.
When the fry have grown a little larger and can accommodate bigger pieces of Mysis, I find it convenient to carefully thaw whole Mysis individually and then carefully chop them into several pieces. Or the Mini Mysis by H2O Life can be fed to the larger juveniles whole and intact, if you can obtain it.
Either way, it is very important to be extra diligent about vacuuming up leftovers (and any fecal pellets) while the fry are making the transition to frozen Mysis. Otherwise, the minced Mysis that doesn't get eaten right away while it's still suspended in the water column or shortly after it has settled on the bottom will begin to degrade the water quality in your nursery tank.
It's important to overlap the fry food when they are making the transition. Offer them shaved or minced Mysis along with the newly hatched brine shrimp they are accustomed to eating. (Many times it's better to offer the minced Mysis first, while the fry is still the hungriest, and then add the baby brine shrimp.) Once they begin eating the bits of frozen Mysis well, gradually increase the amount of minced Mysis and decreased the amount of baby brine shrimp you offer at every feeding until they are finally eating the shaved Mysis almost entirely.
Overlapping the feedings this way, offering newly-hatched brine shrimp as usual along with just a little frozen Mysis at first, assures that there is familiar food available to the fry while they are making the transition and makes sure that the slow learners still get enough to eat.
Some hobbyists find it helpful to begin soaking the newly hatched brine shrimp in Mysis juice for a week or two before they actually began offering the bits of minced Mysis along with the bbs. That way, the juveniles get used to the scent of the frozen Mysis and associate it with food before you start to add the bits of frozen Mysis.
Here's a previous message from Patti that describes how she weaned her erectus fry onto frozen to Hikari Mysis:
I'm wondering if nutrition is your problem.
Could you train them onto frozen mysis? My 4 week old erectus are eating shaved Hikari frozen mysis already. They started not eating much of the BBS and looking around the bottom of the bowl. I enriched the shaved mysis w/Vibrance & put it in the bowl. It goes to the bottom and they're on the hunt. They'll look at it a good while and then snick. It only took 1 day to train them. I swish it around a little at first to get them interested.
I think the mysis is better for them nutritionally and they don't have to spend so much energy eating all those tiny BBS. Give it a try. It may take a few days. I gave mine the mysis 1st - before adding the BBS. That way they were pretty hungry. Then I gave them some BBS for desert to make sure each one got something to eat if they weren't eating enough mysis yet.
Patti [close quote]
Notice that Patti's erectus fry were all hitching and beginning to look around on the bottom for things to eat, indicating that they were ready to give up their planktonic existence (i.e., the high-risk pelagic phase) and make the transition from live brine shrimp suspended in the water column to frozen foods.
Other breeders go a step further and begin adding a little of the minced Mysis to their nursery tanks with the newborns right from the start to help build up their intestinal flora and ultimately enable them to better digest the frozen Mysis when they start eating it. They feel that this helps the babies get them used to the scent of the Mysis and conditions them to associate it with food, which helps to make the transition from live food to frozen Mysis easier later on when they're the right age.
For example, here's how Neil Garrick-Maidment, a very successful breeder in the UK, describes this technique:
Hi Peter and all,
I tend to put in a very small amount of finely chopped mysis in with the fry from day 1. The idea behind this is to create a bacterial soup in the fry water to help load the fry gut with the right bacteria to break up the mysis shrimp which tends to be quite hard. It makes it easier to get them to switch to dead mysis later on BUT it is crucial to clean the tank daily and water change to stop a problem with disease..
Cyclop-eeze is also worth considering when weaning the youngsters onto frozen fare. When the juveniles are the right age, don't hesitate to try them on frozen Cyclop-eeze first if you aren't having any luck with the frozen Mysis. Lelia Taylor is one hobbyist who has had good results using the Cyclop-eeze, as she described below:
I have had success placing BBS in Cyclop-eeze, then feeding the mixture to my babies. They readily take the Cyclop-eeze. As they get bigger I add frozen, enriched brine shrimp. they began eating the frozen food immediately. Using the same principle, I began adding Mysid shrimp, along with the brine shrimp and Cyclop-eeze. I have found, even very young babies, will pick the larger pieces of Mysid shrimp, into bite sized pieces. I have also had success culturing copepods in my baby and grow up tanks. The babies readily feed on these, as well.
Hobbyists who have tried The Cyclop-eeze for their juveniles are unanimous in saying that the frozen Cyclop-eeze is far superior than the freeze dried product for this purpose. They report that the bars of frozen Cyclop-eeze in particular work well because they will shed copious amounts of the bite-size frozen cyclops into the water.
Bonus tip: adding one or two older juveniles that are already eating the frozen Mysis well to the nursery tank along with the inexperienced fry in order to act as their mentors can hasten the transition. Many hobbyists report that fry learn to take frozen minced mysids much faster and easier when they are provided with teachers to show them the way. These teachers are usually a few of the older fry from a previous brood, which have already become proficient at feeding on the frozen mysids (Liisa Coit, pers. com.). The younger fry are quick to copy them, learning from their example.
Okay, Patricia, that's the quick rundown on rearing seahorses and eventually weaning them onto a diet of frozen Mysis. It can be tricky weaning the juveniles onto a staple diet of frozen Mysis, and you need to be prepared to make water changes and to be very diligent in cleaning up the breeder net and uneaten shaved Mysis while the youngsters are getting the hang of it. But once they are weaned onto frozen Mysis, the juveniles will grow rapidly and will be ready to introduced to the main tank within 2-3 months or less.
Of course, I would be very happy to enroll you in the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program, and you should find the lesson on rearing the young to be especially useful at this point, Patricia. I will go ahead and send you the entire Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Course - all 10 lessons together in one file - in PDF format as an attachment to this e-mail. You can then download the attachment, save it on your computer, and read through the 10 lessons at your leisure, taking all of the time you need to go over the information and absorb the material. As you do so, it will be your job to contact me via e-mail whenever you have any questions or concerns about the material in the lessons, and I will then do my very best to answer all of your questions and clarify everything for you.
I will also be relying on you to keep me updated on any changes or additions you make to your aquarium system so that I can keep the information in my records regarding your particular seahorse setup current and accurate at all times. That will help me to provide you with the best possible guidance and assistance as you go over the lessons.
When you are done with all 10 of the lessons, and feel you have had a chance to thoroughly absorb the information and master the lessons, send me a brief e-mail to that effect and I will be happy to put your certification through with Ocean Rider right away.
Be sure to save the PDF file with the seahorse training lessons on your computer for future reference, Patricia. It includes a detailed table of contents with page numbers, so that you can quickly locate the material or section you would like to go back and review at any time.
Just remember that the lessons are for your eyes only, Patricia, with the obvious exception of any immediate family members who may be helping you with the aquarium or the care of the seahorses. Please don't share the PDF file with the complete training program or the individual lessons with any other hobbyists or individuals without first obtaining my expressed permission to do so. Thanks for your cooperation!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Patricia! By the time you read this, you should already have your copy of the seahorse training manual waiting for you in your inbox.
I'd like to follow up from my earlier post about the status of the program and thank you for both your e-mail responses and the material. The program is very well done and worth requesting for those interested.
I would have replied earlier, but we've had an unexpected loss in our family. I'm only now getting back.
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss in your family, sir, but I wanted to thank you for your kind words about the seahorse training program.
The training manual really is very comprehensive, consisting of several hundred pages of text with more than 250 full color photographs, so even the most experienced hobbyists are bound to learn a few things that will be helpful to them in their pursuit of this hobby.
I would also like to point out that the training manual is revised regularly. At least once a year – normally a few times annually – I revise the training manual to include additional information, new illustrations, and to update the material in the links in the text. So even if you have already completed the seahorse training program a long time ago, you might want to consider requesting a new copy of the training manual if it's been more than a year since you went through the program.
And, of course, newbies and first-time and time seahorse keepers will find the training program to be an invaluable aid. There is nowhere else you will find as much useful, pertinent information on the aquarium care and keeping of seahorses in one location. (The training manual puts all the other guide books on seahorses to shame, and is much more up-to-date than any of the print media on our amazing aquatic equines.)
As always, the training manual is completely free of charge to all Ocean Rider clients and customers, so there is really no reason not to participate.
Anyone who is interested should send me a brief reply by e-mail with a little background information about your experience level as an aquarist, if any, and I will take it from there. You can always reach me at the following e-mail address:
Best wishes with all your fishes, everyone!
Please add me to list [email protected]
I'm so happy I found seahorse.com. I promised my daughter, who is 7 1/2, that on her 6th birthday she would have a seahorse aquarium. I have read Seahorses, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual and Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies several times and highlighted so many lines that they don't seem to stand out anymore. I have also found several websites, reading and comparing them with seemingly more contradictions than agreed upon facts.
I need more specifics and would like to begin the seahorse training program. I have neither experience nor equipment. I'm determined to do this and obviously need help. I have the location in our home and as I'm handy, would like to build the corner unit for the aquarium to sit on top of. I'm looking for an aquarium between 35-40 gallons to begin this hobby. I'm guessing you will probably encourage a bigger one, but this size, as long as it can comfortably handle four seahorses, is a good start for us. Before beginning the program I would like to order/get the aquarium so I can build the unit to hold it. That said, could you please tell me, considering all the equipment that will be in/on/under/coming into/leaving out of/etc., what aquarium (brand, model, glass vs. acrylic, etc.) would you get that is 35-40 gallons in size? If I can order this, I will feel more comfortable and confident moving forward and making progress with the training program and appropriate choices with the "gear" that we need which will work with the aquarium.
Thanks again. I appreciate your guidance and look forward to working with you!
Yes, sir, the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program is definitely the reference you have been looking for to make sure you get started out on the right foot with your seahorse project, and I would be honored to help make your daughter's dream of having a seahorse tank of her own a reality.
Although the seahorse guides you will find in print can be helpful for a beginner, they are really quite limited since they cannot be easily updated and therefore quickly become outdated and less useful and relevant. You will find the training manual for the Ocean Rider seahorse training course, which is updated regularly, to be much more useful and informative.
For one thing, Chris, it consists of several hundred pages of text with more than 250 full-color illustrations, making it far more comprehensive than any of the seahorse guidebooks you will ever find.
Secondly, sir, it is based on Ocean Rider Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus) exclusively and will provide you with the in-depth knowledge and training you and your daughter need in order to care for these amazing aquatic equines properly in your home. It will explain how to optimize an aquarium to provide ideal conditions for the Mustangs and Sunbursts, which are by far the best seahorses for beginners to keep. I will attach a file to this e-mail for you to download and save on your computer, Chris, so that you and your daughter can go through it at your leisure, which explains more about Mustangs and Sunbursts and why they are so well suited for first-time seahorse keepers.
Best of all, it includes extensive photo galleries of Mustangs and Sunbursts respectively, including dozens and dozens of color photographs of each of these types, all taken by their proud owners in their home aquariums. That will give you an your daughter a really good idea of exactly what the Sunburst and Mustangs are like, and whether or not you would like to set up a seahorse tank that would be ideal for them. You and your daughter can look through this document together and perhaps get some inspiration and good ideas about what your own seahorse tank should be like when it's up and running.
An aquarium of 35-40 gallons would be a good choice for a project such as yours, Chris. The recommended stocking density for large tropical seahorses, such as Ocean Rider Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus), is one pair per 10 gallons of water, with a minimum tank size of 30 gallons. In other words, an aquarium of 35-40 gallons with an efficient filtration system can easily accommodate several of the seahorses – perhaps two mated pairs, if you and your daughter would like the seahorses to breed – and still provide you with a comfortable margin for error as beginners. At the same time, it is not so large that it would be prohibitively expensive or take up too much room in your home to be a welcome addition to your decor.
When it comes to finding a suitable aquarium, sir, I would be happy to suggest some good options for you in that regard that would be quite economical.
For starters, I would suggest a tall 37-gallon all glass aquarium from Aqueon that would make an outstanding environment for two mated pairs of Mustangs or Sunbursts and that would also provide you and your daughter with a really comfortable margin for error as a first-time seahorse keeper, Chris.
If you want to start out with a basic set up for keeping two pairs of Mustangs or Sunbursts, Chris, perhaps the most ideal aquarium system I could suggest would be to obtain an Aqueon 37-gallon Aquarium (Item # 10037, UPC Code 015905100373) with black trim (30.3"L x 12.5"W x 22.8"H), equip it with a simple, standard, off-the-shelf glass cover and an off-the-shelf strip reflector with an ordinary florescent daylight bulb, and then fit it with a suitable Aqueon hang-on-the-back external power filter, as described below.
In short, Chris, the basic aquarium system that I would recommend in your case is an Aqueon 37-gallon Aquarium (Item # 10037, UPC Code 015905100373) with black trim (30.3"L x 12.5"W x 22.8"H) equipped with an Aqueon QuietFlow external filter, a simple glass aquarium cover such as the Versa-Top Hinged Glass Top by Aqueon, and an ordinary strip reflector with a fluorescent bulb, which we would then cycle using SeaChem Stability. That's a very economical set up that can be very successful as a seahorse tank and that is easy to set up and pretty foolproof once it's up and running.
All that remains is to explain where you can obtain these items if they are not available from your local fish stores:
1) One Aqueon 37-gallon Aquarium (Item # 10037, UPC Code 015905100373) with black trim (30.3"L x 12.5"W x 22.8"H).
Any of your local fish stores will be able to order the 37-Gallon Aqueon Aquarium with black trim for you, Chris, for a price of about $80,
2) One 30" All-Glass Versa-Top Hinged Glass Top, which fits the Aqueon 37-gallon aquarium perfectly.
The Aqueon or All-Glass Versa-Top Model 30" will fit the Aqueon 37-gallon Aquarium perfectly, and if you cannot get one from your local fish stores, then you can order one online from Drs. Foster and Smith at the following website for cost of about $20, Chris. Just copy the following URL, paste it in your web browser, and press the "Enter" key, and it will take you to the right page to order the All-Glass Versa-Top Model 30" (CD-930819):
3) One 30" length Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light in Black with fluorescent bulb, which fits the Aqueon 37-gallon aquarium perfectly.
If you cannot get in a Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light in Black from one of your local fish stores, you can purchase a 30" Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light in Black that will fit your Aqueon 37-Gallon Aquarium perfectly from Petco for about $35, Chris. Just copy the following URL, paste it in your web browser, and press the "Enter" key, and it will take you to the right page on the Petco website where you can order a 30" Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light in Black online:
4) One Aqueon QuietFlow Power Filter, Model 50, which is is rated for aquariums of up to 50 gallons and puts out 250 gallons per hour, which means it will turn over your 37-gallon aquarium about six times every hour - just right for a seahorse tank! The Aqueon QuietFlow Power Filter will provide additional water movement and extra filtration for your Aqueon 37-Gallon aquarium. It is an external, hang-on-the-back filter with a waterfall return that will provide the tank with mechanical, chemical, biological, and stationary wet/dry filtration, as well as good surface agitation and oxygenation.
If you cannot find the Aqueon QuietFlow Power Filter Model 50 (CD-76962) at one of your local fish stores, Connor, you can purchase one online from Drs. Foster and Smith for cost of about $23. Just copy the following URL, paste it in your web browser, and press the "Enter" key, and it will take you to the right page on the Drs. Foster and Smith to order the Aqueon QuietFlow Power Filter Model 50 (CD-76962):
Okay, Chris, that would be a very effective, yet economical aquarium system for you that could easily support two mated pairs of Mustangs or Sunbursts.
I would suggest that you look over the information I provided above regarding a suitable aquarium and accessories for your seahorse project, and then download the attached document with the additional information and photo galleries on Mustangs and Sunbursts and go through that material with your daughter.
If, after you have had a chance to go over the material on the Mustangs and Sunbursts, you and your daughter feel they would be a good choice for your seahorse project, and the aquarium equipment I have outlined above is within your allotted budget, please let me know and we can proceed from there.
If you and your daughter do indeed decide to proceed with your seahorse project, I will then provide you with a copy of the training manual and we can begin the seahorse training course. All newbies and first-time and time customers are required to complete the Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Program to my satisfaction before they can be certified and authorized to order any seahorses, Chris, so that would be the logical next step towards achieving your goal.
Best wishes with all your fishes, sir!
MY name is Gary you sent me the Training Program on March 28 2012. It was sent to a old email i had [email protected] i am now ready to get seahorses from Ocean Riders. I have read the program more then 3 times I have done saltwater tank service for about 4 years now i have 4 tanks 300 gal Fish only and 3 reef 1 24 gal 1 60 gal and 150 gal
thank you Gary
Very good, sir – now that you have completed all of the lessons, I would be very happy to put your certification through with Ocean Rider, and I will do so at once!
However, in order to receive your official training certificate, I will need to have a current e-mail address for you, since it is delivered in the form of an attachment you can download, save on your pewter, and then print out for your records.
Please send me a brief message with your current e-mail address, and I will get your training certificate to you right away, Gary. You can always reach me at the following e-mail address:
Best wishes with all your fishes, Gary!
I currently have a pair of h. Erectus. I have a 65 gallon tank that is 36 inches wide. I have been a hobbiest for 15+ years but I think it is important to keep learning because things do change with progression. Please enroll me in your class please!
I really enjoyed the information that you sent me! I learned a wealth of important information to make sure that my seahorses are happy and healthy. I have placed on order for my first purchase from ocean riders and I am just waiting on your approval!
I emailed you my full name in order to procede with my certification requirements. Just wanted to make sure you got it.
Dear Alissa: Yes, indeed, I received your note with all the information I need, Alissa, and your certification has been completed. You should have received your notification to that effect as well as your training certificate by now, and Carol and Craig at Ocean Rider have been informed accordingly. Best wishes with all your fishes, Alissa. Keep up the great work! Respectfully, Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor
Would lik to take your seahorse training program. presently have 2 mustangs that I just acquired from you"ll.They are being kept in a 29 gal oceanic biocube,20" x 20" x 19" that I have had up and running for 3+ years. The tank is set up with live rock and live sand as well as the bio-ball wet/dry filtration system. I also have a 75 gal. fowler tank that I've had going for over 3 years as well.
What I want to do is set up a 50 to 60 gal seahorse only tank. I want to be able to keep 3 or 4 mated pairs eventually. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Doyle Ray Bias
Very good, sir! I really like the way you are thinking ahead and planning on setting up a new 50-60 gallon dedicated seahorse tank, Doyle. The recommended stocking density for the different varieties of Mustangs and Sunbursts is one pair per 10 gallons, with a minimum tank size of 30 gallons, so the upgraded 50-60 gallon aquarium system you are planning could easily accommodate several pairs of these Hippocampus erectus seahorse types and still provide a very large margin for error.
Okay, Doyle, I will go ahead and send you the entire Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Course – all 10 lessons together in one file – in PDF format as an attachment to this e-mail. You can then download the attachment, save it on your computer, and read through the 10 lessons at your leisure, taking all of the time you need to go over the information and absorb the material. As you do so, it will be your job to contact me via e-mail whenever you have any questions or concerns about the material in the lessons, and I will then do my very best to answer all of your questions and clarify everything for you.
Be sure to save the PDF file with the seahorse training lessons on your computer for future reference, Doyle. It includes a detailed table of contents with page numbers, so that you can quickly locate the material or section you would like to go back and review at any time.
Just remember that the lessons are for your eyes only, Doyle, with the obvious exception of any immediate family members who may be helping you with the aquarium or the care of the seahorses. Please don't share the PDF file with the complete training program or the individual lessons with any other hobbyists or individuals without first obtaining my expressed permission to do so. Thanks for your cooperation!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Doyle!
hi would like to get started on your lesson . Thanking u in advance
I emailed you about getting started with the course and I'm looking forward to getting started!
My wife and I would like to enroll in the Seahorse Training Program. How do we do that?
All you need to do to participate in the seahorse training program is to send me an e-mail indicating your interest, or post a message with that information, and I will go ahead and do the rest. (Judging from your e-mail address, I assume that your full name is Jay Banks, so please correct me if that assumption is mistaken.)
I wrote the Ocean Rider seahorse training manual and I administer it on behalf of the seahorse farm, so you have come to the right place.
Okay, Jay, I will go ahead and send you the entire Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Course – all 10 lessons together in one file – in PDF format as an attachment to this e-mail. You can then download the attachment, save it on your computer, and read through the 10 lessons at your leisure, taking all of the time you need to go over the information and absorb the material. As you do so, it will be your job to contact me via e-mail whenever you have any questions or concerns about the material in the lessons, and I will then do my very best to answer all of your questions and clarify everything for you.
When the time comes, I will also be relying on you to keep me updated on any changes or additions you make to your aquarium system so that I can keep the information in my records regarding your particular seahorse setup current and accurate at all times. That will help me to provide you with the best possible guidance and assistance as you go over the lessons.
Be sure to save the PDF file with the seahorse training lessons on your computer for future reference, Jay. It includes a detailed table of contents with page numbers, so that you can quickly locate the material or section you would like to go back and review at any time.
Just remember that the lessons are for your eyes only, Jay, with the obvious exception of any immediate family members who may be helping you with the aquarium or the care of the seahorses. Please don't share the PDF file with the complete training program or the individual lessons with any other hobbyists or individuals without first obtaining my expressed permission to do so. Thanks for your cooperation!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Jay!
I am very interested in the program for becoming certified for seahorses, My name is Jessica and I have been in love with seahorses since I can remember, I had many plastic toys of seahorses growing up. I also got my first freshwater aquarium at 10 years old and my aquarium obsession took off, I even did my 6th grade science fair project on reproduction of sea snails and was successful in getting them to reproduce! When I was a young teen and was in a local fish store I laid eyes on a seahorse for the first time, I was in love, spent an hour in the store watching it swim around, I knew in that moment that someday I would have my own. So in 2008 I purchased and set up my first saltwater aquarium, I bought seahorse books and videos and began designing this aquarium to house seahorses, with no internet for me back then all I had for resources was books and the fish store so I fear I was not as educated as I should have been, so unfortunately the seahorses would perish. my old set up was a 30 gallon tall, coral reef tank, all corals where non stinging. as I look back I see what some of my mistakes where, 1. filtration system was very powerful and I would see my horses struggling with the current, 2. not as many hitching posts I had a lot of rock for the corals. 3. I had way too many! 6 in a 30 gallon! water parameters always perfect but I now believe those reasons led to the short life of my seahorses, so because of that that aquarium now only has corals and aggressive fish. I recently back in august set up and old tank I had for saltwater, I then decided it to be my new seahorse tank, it is a 30 as well but is only 16in high. I plan to only house a pair. Substrate is white live sand, 8 large plastic plants to hide and hitch, and 5 bleached hard coral for hitching, a large shell with spikes for hitching to use for a feeding trough, and 6 live plants. I have a hang on refugium, protein skimmer, a covered heater and a hang on aqua clear power filter with adjustable flow for a 70 gallon, I will also be purchasing a aqua chiller in time for summer to keep temps at 74. tank inhabitants are 1 yellow clown goby, 1 dragon face pipefish, 1 Yasha Hasha goby, 1 pistol shrimp, 1 blood red fire shrimp, 2 narssarius snails, 3 blue legged hermit crabs, and 1 tiger sand conch.
I am ready for seahorses again but want everything to be perfect so they can live long and healthy. Thank you in advance.
Hi Pete! I'm really keen to start up a tank and would love to take the seahorse training course, my email is [email protected]
Hello! I have been doing some research over the last month about Seahorses, and I am wanting to take the next step! Can I please access the certification lessons? I am a total beginner, and do not want to purchase anything until being certain of what I need. My email address is [email protected] . Thank you so much for any help in advance!!
Okay, Megon, I will go ahead and send you the entire Ocean Rider Seahorse Training Course – all 10 lessons together in one file – in PDF format as an attachment to this e-mail. You can then download the attachment, save it on your computer, and read through the 10 lessons at your leisure, taking all of the time you need to go over the information and absorb the material. As you do so, it will be your job to contact me via e-mail whenever you have any questions or concerns about the material in the lessons, and I will then do my very best to answer all of your questions and clarify everything for you.
It doesn't matter if you are a beginner and have never kept a marine aquarium before, Megon. The seahorse training manual is geared for beginners and is designed to explain everything you need to know in order to keep seahorses successfully in a home aquarium. And, of course, I will be working with you every step of the way until you have completed the seahorse training and are well prepared for your first seahorses.
When you are done with all 10 of the lessons, and feel you have had a chance to thoroughly absorb the information and master the lessons, send me a brief e-mail to that effect and I will be happy to put your certification through with Ocean Rider right away.
All we ask in return is that you stick with the highly domesticated Ocean Rider Mustangs or Sunbursts when you are ready to stock your tank, Megon. As you know, Mustangs and Sunbursts are the perfect ponies for beginners. They are hardy, highly adaptable, easy to feed, and perfectly adapted for aquarium life -- the world's only High-Health seahorses, guaranteed to be free of specific pathogens and parasites.
Be sure to save the PDF file with the seahorse training lessons on your computer for future reference, Megon. It includes a detailed table of contents with page numbers, so that you can quickly locate the material or section you would like to go back and review at any time.
Just remember that the lessons are for your eyes only, Megon, with the obvious exception of any immediate family members who may be helping you with the aquarium or the care of the seahorses. Please don't share the PDF file with the complete training program or the individual lessons with any other hobbyists or individuals without first obtaining my expressed permission to do so. Thanks for your cooperation!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Megon!
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