Re:75 babies still going strong

Pete Giwojna

Dear Lisa:

Woohoo! That’s very impressive that you haven’t had any losses among your 75 newborn Sunbursts in the first two weeks! That’s exciting because the high-risk pelagic phase for the Hippocampus erectus fry should soon be nearing an end, and has probably already passed for many of the youngsters. Giving the newborns more time to develop and getting them off to a good head start as a result of the males prolonged pregnancy certainly seems to be paying off in terms of increased survivorship. Keep up the good work!

That’s very encouraging that some of the two-week olds are already shown an interest in frozen foods such as Cyclop-eze. That puts them well ahead of schedule in that regard and bodes well for their future. Just be extra diligent about siphoning up any of the uneaten leftover Cyclop-eze from the nurseries and maintaining optimal water quality while they are sampling the frozen fare. Once you get the juveniles through the difficult transition period when they are being weaned off live prey and onto frozen foods, the chances of raising them to maturity are much improved. It will be very interesting to see what color is your Sunbursts fry assume as they grow and develop.

Best of luck raising those precocious small fry of yours, Lisa!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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