Re:Stocking first Seahorse tank…

Pete Giwojna

Dear Reverend:

Unfortunately, I don’t have a link for the diagram of the more sophisticated raceway brine shrimp culture tanks. However, they are illustrated and discussed in the Plankton Culture Manual, which is widely available. You can obtain a copy online from Jim Forshey at the Aquatic Bookshop or from Florida Aqua Farms:

Hoff, Frank F. and Snell, Terry W. 1987. Plankton Culture Manual. Florida Aqua Farms: Dade County, Florida.

However, I could e-mail a copy of the illustration to you if you contact me off list at [email protected].

Yes, I can certainly see why you purchased the Vibrance II — that’s the proper formulation to use for adult seahorses that are not actively breeding. A combination of Vibrance II (vitamins, carotenoids, and beta-glucan) plus Selcon (lipids and HUFA) should work very well for enriching brine shrimp prior to feeding it to your seahorses. Just be sure to use the Selcon very sparingly — a little of it goes a long ways, and it’s very easy to overdo it and pollute the water in your culture tank, resulting in a crash. You want to add just enough of it to make the water barely cloudy for a period of perhaps half an hour or so.

Best of luck with your new seahorses, Reverend!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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