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March 30, 2009 at 8:27 am #1648ann marieMember
Last night my male erectus delivered 5 fry. I had thought he might be pregnant but he didn\’t appear as big as my dwarfs get before they deliver so I didn\’t think he was ready yet. Well, he showed me. 😉 Luckily I have running an empty 10g with a hang on back refugium that I was getting ready to use for a fry tank. All I had left were a few modifications for the intake and output but it was cycled already (modifications are now done). Of course, because of my dwarfs I had brine shrimp hatching too. That\’s the good part. Well he hasn\’t delivered anymore fry since yesterday at 8pm. In reading what you have written you state that it can take 2-3 days for the brood to be delivered. He hasn\’t moved spots today, or eaten and I\’m worried. He has writhed in contractions or pain though and appears to be breathing slightly faster than normal.
I have him in a container in his tank that has screened in sides and hitches so that if there are more fry they don\’t get sucked into the overflow for the refugium or a powerhead (those are screened as well to protect tails).
I know that giving birth is hard work and no matter how quickly one wants it to end, it\’s not up to us. That being said should I be worried? Is there anything I should be doing?March 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm #4747Pete GiwojnaGuest
Dear Ann Marie::
Congratulations on your newborn Hippocampus erectus!
Yes, it’s quite possible that the first 5 offspring your gravid male delivered are only the opening salvo and that there may be more fry forthcoming within the next day or two. It is not that unusual for a gravid male to release a fraction of his brood a bit prematurely, only to shut down operations temporarily and then deliver the rest of the young normally a few days later. When that’s the case, the remainder of the brood is typically released en masse 2-4 days after the first batch of fry were expelled.
In your case, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more babies on the way, since the typical brood size for a mature male erectus ranges from about 100-800 young. However, virgin males and inexperienced breeders often produce inordinately small broods during their first few attempts at meeting, so all bets are off if this is the male’s first pregnancy. It is normal for a gravid male’s respiration rate to increase during labor and when parturition is imminent, and it therefore sounds to me like your stallion will be producing more young anytime now.
In short, Ann Marie, you shouldn’t be concerned at this point. Your stud is probably not done delivering his brood and it is perfectly normal for his breathing rate to be somewhat elevated and for him to be experienced periodic contractions until the birthing process is complete. It’s not unusual for broody males to be lethargic or to go off their feed and miss a meal or two.
All you need to do now is to keep a close eye on your male and keep the female where he can see her, and make sure you keep the dissolved oxygen levels in your seahorse tank nice and high. Please keep us posted and let us know how everything turns out.
Best of luck with those first five erectus fry, Ann Marie. Here’s hoping they are soon joined by the rest of their brothers and sisters and that your stallion is none the worse for wear after delivering the remainder of his brood.
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