Re:"Full Tank Shot" Thread for seahorse setups

Pete Giwojna

Dear Akamu:

No, sir — there is no such thread on the forum but I think it’s a great idea to start one right here and right now!

Posting photos on this forum is a little tricky, so let me explain the proper procedure for anyone who wants to share photos of their seahorse tank. This is how to proceed if you want to try including pictures along with your posts on "Seahorse Life and Care:"

First you have to host the photographs(s) you would like to post somewhere like photobucket or AOLmyspace, but you must make it fairly small as the board will only take a small photo.

Next go-ahead and type the text of your message as usual, and then, when the message is ready, place your cursor exactly where you would like they image of the photograph to appear in the message. Then click on the orange Img tag in the reply window. The following block of text will appear where you had placed the cursor:

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Now all you have to do is add the address of the hosted picture directly behind the final bracket in the block of text above. For Photobucket, Lisa, just place your cursor on the photograph you want to use, and a drop-down menu will appear — go to "Copy IMG" at the bottom of the drop-down menu and it will automatically copy the address of your picture. All you have to do is to go back to your post, place the cursor of the mouse directly behind the final bracket in the block of text I pointed out above, and paste the photbucket address for your image right there.

Then just make sure they hit the "close all tags" tab just above your message, and submit your post as usual.

That’s all there is to it. I’ll get the thread started by posting some pictures of Ann Marie Spinella’s outstanding new seahorse setup.
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The photo above shows Ann Marie Spinella’s custom-made seahorse tank, which measures 16"L x 18"W x 27"H and holds approximately 34 gallons of saltwater. It has 3 chambers in the back. One of the chambers houses the main pump, hang on UV sterilizer, grounding probe, heater and the pump for the chiller (Pacific Coast Marine 1/13HP mini chiller). Ann Marie’s protein skimmer (Tunze Nano Doc 9002) and the pump for her UV sterilizer are located in the second chamber. The third chamber is filled entirely with live rock which provides the bulk of the biological filtration for the aquarium.

For lighting, Ann Marie uses a Current USA Nova Extreme. It has actinic bulbs only in the fixture and the tank gets natural sunlight during the day. She alternates this with R2 Dual Extreme LED moonlights at night.

Ann Marie has some live rock in the tank, with a substrate of live sand/aragonite substrate, and she relies on artificial corals for all of her decorations and hitching posts. As you can see, it makes for a very attractive synthetic coral reef and her seahorses seem to feel right at home.
Notice the orange cup coral she has mounted on the live rock to serve as a feeding station for her ponies. Photo by Ann Marie Spinella.
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The photo above shows Ann Marie’s new pair of Ocean Rider Sunbursts helping themselves to frozen Mysis from their cup coral feeding dish. Ann Marie likes to point out that her new Sunbursts began using the cup coral feeding station on their own, with no training whatsoever, a few hours after being introduced to the aquarium, despite just having been acclimated to their new home with a feeding dish they had never seen before. Photo by Ann Marie Spinella.
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As you can see in the photo above, Ann Marie’s cup coral feeding station can get a little crowded at mealtime since the seahorses’ tankmates soon learned to follow the ponies’ example. Her tank-raised Psychedelic Mandarin Goby (Pterosynchiropus picturatus) now comes to the cup coral to partake, and even her Ocean Rider red banded pipefish (Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus) have learned to clean up scraps of Mysis from the feeding station. Her dream tank also houses a Tiger Watchmen Goby to help keep the sand clean along with a good cleanup crew. Photo by Ann Marie Spinella

All I can say is, "Well done, Ann Marie. Keep up the great work!"

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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