Okay, thanks for the additional information — that clarifies the situation somewhat.
The typical brood size for true Hippocampus kuda, or the Hawaiian form of the kuda complex, ranges from 250-1400 young for a mature male. So it’s quite possible that Stumpy may have more offspring on the way following that first outburst of 100 or so newborns.
However, since he is a young male and this is only his second brood, and he did botch the transfer of the eggs somewhat during his first mating attempt, I wouldn’t be surprised if this brood was also smaller than normal. The total number of offspring he produces this time around may also be well under 250; you’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.
Yes, I have some detailed information on breeding and raising H. kuda I would be happy to share with you if you contact me off list (Pete[email protected]). The files are too long to post on this forum.
Best of luck with stumpy’s extended pregnancy, makala007! Good luck rearing that first batch of babies he delivered days ago.