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January 15, 2007 at 1:47 am #1077nigelseahorseMember
The thing about \"always wanted a pregnant male\" on the side of the screen, does that mean that all mated pairs are pregnant? I haven\’t had too much luck with breeding the Mustangs I received a few months ago. He keeps on fooling me, one minute I\’ll think he\’s pregnant and the next it will look like he\’s not.January 15, 2007 at 11:36 am #3285Pete GiwojnaGuest
No, sir, when you order a mated pair of seahorses that does not mean that the male you receive will be pregnant when they are shipped to you. The message you noticed indicates that pregnant males are available and can be specially ordered for a small extra fee by interested aquarists. Ocean Rider Club members in good standing are entitled to certain upgrades, depending on circumstances, and one of these upgrades could be to receive a mated pair in which the male is already pregnant, but that is something you would have to request specifically when you placed your order. Normally the males are not pregnant when they are shipped.
Just be a little patient with your Mustangs. If you have already observed dropped eggs, that’s proof positive that your pair is serious about mating and that the male is trying his best to get pregnant. Just give them enough time and sooner or later they will get it right. My best advice to you would be to provide your seahorses with optimal water quality, a nutritious diet, and a stress-free environment, and just let nature take its course. Providing your tank is tall enough for them to mate comfortably and you provide them with favorable conditions, sooner or later they will do just that.
Best of luck with your seahorses and your efforts to get them to breed, Nigel!
Pete GiwojnaJanuary 16, 2007 at 3:34 am #3290nigelseahorseGuest
Okay, so how do I order the pregnant male? And do I have to buy it’s mate too? Also can two males mate with the same female? Like if one is pregnant so the female will give her eggs to the non pregnant one. Would that work? And what would the price be for the male or the pair? And do members get any discount?January 16, 2007 at 8:45 am #3291Pete GiwojnaGuest
In order to obtain a pregnant male you have to order a mated pair and then specify in the "comments" section of the online order form that you want the male to be pregnant. Ocean Rider will then select a mated pair for you in which the male is already gravid when they pack your order for shipping. There is an extra charge of $30 for a pregnant male, which will be added on to the cost of your order.
Ocean Rider’s policy is only to sell pregnant males as part of a mated pair because it is stressful and cruel to separate pair-bonded seahorses from their mates.
Yes, sir, club members are entitled to a 10% discount on any order over $200. Again, in order to get your discount you need to state that you are a member of the Ocean Rider Club at http://www.seahorse.com/ in the "comments" section of the online order form.
If you have a trio of Hippocampus erectus seahorses consisting of one female and two males, the mare will only mate with one of the stallions at a time. At some point, the female may change partners and mate with the other male, but when she does so she will stop mating with the other stallion. In H. erectus, you won’t see a situation where one female keeps two males pregnant at the same time. That simply doesn’t happen, at least with this species.
Just be patient and your pair of Mustangs will provide you with offspring sooner or later, sir. And once they get it right start breeding in earnest, they will present you with a new brood about every month or so. So I wouldn’t be in too much of a very to order a gravid male in order to jumpstart your rearing program, Nigel. If you were to do that and then your current pair of Mustangs started producing progeny on a regular basis as well, you would have more newborn seahorses on your hands and you can deal with.
Best of luck with your seahorses, sir! Provide them with favorable conditions and a nutritious diet, and they should be fruitful and multiply.
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