Re:Always wanted a pregnant male???

Pete Giwojna

Dear Nigel:

No, sir, when you order a mated pair of seahorses that does not mean that the male you receive will be pregnant when they are shipped to you. The message you noticed indicates that pregnant males are available and can be specially ordered for a small extra fee by interested aquarists. Ocean Rider Club members in good standing are entitled to certain upgrades, depending on circumstances, and one of these upgrades could be to receive a mated pair in which the male is already pregnant, but that is something you would have to request specifically when you placed your order. Normally the males are not pregnant when they are shipped.

Just be a little patient with your Mustangs. If you have already observed dropped eggs, that’s proof positive that your pair is serious about mating and that the male is trying his best to get pregnant. Just give them enough time and sooner or later they will get it right. My best advice to you would be to provide your seahorses with optimal water quality, a nutritious diet, and a stress-free environment, and just let nature take its course. Providing your tank is tall enough for them to mate comfortably and you provide them with favorable conditions, sooner or later they will do just that.

Best of luck with your seahorses and your efforts to get them to breed, Nigel!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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