Re:Surprised with Babies

Pete Giwojna

Dear Tammy:

Congratulations on your unexpected brood of babies! A healthy interest in breeding and mating is a sure sign that your seahorses feel very much at home in the surroundings you have provided for them and that conditions are to their liking. So you’ve obviously been doing a very good job of feeding them, maintaining your water quality, and providing them a stress-free environment. Well done!

If you’re not set up for rearing at this time, feel free to disperse the babies to anyone in your area that might like to try raising them. If there is an Aquarium Society in your town, they will often have members that would love to have the babies, Tammy. Ocean Rider allows hobbyists to freely disburse their fry up until they reach the age of 30 days. If they are overburdened with a baby boom, the best bet for most hobbyists is to adopt the newborns out to surrogate parfents who live within driving distance. Of course, this works best if they have a friend or neighbor or know a fish guy down at your LFS who are interested in rearing and can take the excess fry off your hands. It is more difficult to ship seahorse fry to interested parties long distance and the newborns often don’t tolerate long-distance shipping well.

It’s great to hear that your stallion with the pouch gas problems is doing so well and has finally kicked is bad habit of hanging out on your centipede filter return at the top of the tank. You obviously did an excellent job with the pouch flushes and Diamox treatments, Tammy! Keep up the good work!

Best wishes with all your fishes, Tammy! Here’s hoping you can find some surrogate parents to adopt the newborns.

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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