Re:Interested in getting certified

Pete Giwojna

Dear Betsey:

Okay, that sounds just fine! Your 36-gallon corner bow front tank should make a fine seahorse habitat, Betsey, with the superior height that is so important for seahorses. The filtration system is more than adequate with plenty of live rock for nitrification and denitrification plus a supplemental external canister filter and a protein skimmer. The macroalgae will be appreciated by the ponies and the Red Grape Caulerpa (Botryocladia) will make a fine natural feeding station for them if you so desire. Periodically harvesting whole, intact strands of the Caulerpa and removing them from your aquarium regularly will export nitrates and other nutrients from the tank as well as keeping the Caulerpa from going sexual. You have the start of a good cleanup crew with Trochus snails to control nuisance algae and Nassarius snails for cleaning up meatier leftovers, but you want to include more variety among your snail assortment eventually. That’s something we will discuss during the lessons for the training program, so there’s no need to go into that right now.

That is all the information I require except for your e-mail address, Betsey. (As you know, the Ocean Rider seahorse training program is a correspondence course that’s conducted entirely via e-mail.) Rather than posting your e-mail address here on the discussion forum, just send a brief e-mail message to me at the following e-mail address as soon as possible, and I will get you started out with the first lesson right away:

[email protected]

Best wishes with all your fishes, Betsey!

Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Training Program Advisor

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