Re:Raising ponies … without a special tank


I appreciate your advice, and I have done some research, which is why I’m aware of the use of nursery tanks and baby brine shrimp as the typical solution.

I’ve chosen not to go that route, and it is not a goal of mine to raise baby seahorses. That said, I happen to have some baby seahorses right now, by accident.

I’ll accept your death sentence for the netted babies, although it seems extreme to guarantee that all of them will die.

But my real question is related to how these things survive in the wild. Surely you must know that baby brine shrimp is not a natural seahorse food, as brine shrimp don’t exist in the ocean.

Given that my refugium has plenty of caulerpa (for holdfasts), very mild water current, and tons of copepods and amphipods, I thought there may be a chance that a few of the seahorse ponies will survive eating that live food.

Do you know what they eat in the wild? Might it not be that they survive in my tank exactly the same way that they survive in the wild? I understand that the nursery tank + BBS is the recommended approach to maximize the yield from a brood, but that wasn’t my question. My question is whether there is any chance that at least a couple of them will survive for awhile and find food to eat.

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