Pete Giwojna

Dear Brian:

It’s hard to say exactly what the little white bugs are on your aquarium glass. My best bet is that they are copepods of some sort but it’s difficult to determine whether or not your baby seahorses will have any interest in them or not. The newborns will most likely simply ignore the bugs on the glass since they typically only eat free swimming prey of the right size that moves in the right manner to trigger a feeding response. If the little white bugs are clinging to the glass and not swimming in the water column, they probably won’t stimulate the babies feeding response.

I don’t think you’re going to be able to sustain the babies on the natural microfauna that may be growing in your tank for long, if at all, sir. Your best bet is to set up a separate nursery tank as we have previously discussed and then provide the newborns with 3-5 feedings of newly hatched brine shrimp on a daily basis. It’s time to get your nursery tank up and running, crank your brine shrimp hatcheries up into high gear, and hope that the pods you have noticed can sustain the babies until the first batch of brine shrimp hatches out.

Good luck!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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