Pete Giwojna

Dear Ricky:

Thanks for the update on your new seahorse tank. It’s great to hear that your ponies and your clownfish are both proving to be quite prolific. Best of luck raising the fry, sir!

Finding a red female to go with your red bachelor is likely to be a tall order, Ricky. The best bets as far as red seahorses go are Ocean Rider’s red Brazileros (Hippocampus reidi) and, of course, their outstanding Fire Reds, but I don’t believe either of those strains are available to hobbyists right now. And I’m assuming that your unpaired red stallion is most likely H. erectus, if he originally came from Ocean Rider, so what you really need is a red Sunburst.

In that case, your best option might be to place a standing order for a red-orange Sunburst (H. erectus) mare. The vast majority of the Sunbursts I have seen are yellow or gold or peach in coloration, but I have come across a number of bright orange Sunbursts and a few red-orange individuals over the years as well. The red and orange Sunbursts seem to be relatively rare, however, so I don’t know how long you might have to wait for such an order to eventually be filled. It could be a long wait since you want not only a red/orange seahorse but one that is also a female. Use the "Comments" section on the online order form to specify that you want a red-orange female Sunburst only. Specify that you will only accept a female that is bright orange or red and that you are willing to wait until they can provide such a specimen. Make sure that they understand you are only interested in a red/orange Sunburst female and that you will not accept delivery of a yellow, gold, or peach specimen or a Sunburst female of any other color.

I am not sure if Ocean Rider would accept a special order such as that, or how long it might take for the aquaculture facility to produce a suitable red/orange female for you, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. You could contact them over the telephone to see if such an order is feasible and then go from there.

Best of luck finding a sexy redhead to pair up with your colorful bachelor, Ricky!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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