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May 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm #2085Super TrampMember
Happy Memorial Day!!!!! I have 4 pair of Dwarf Seahorses in a Breeder Box within my tank……….I have it filled with some stuff you might find in a refugium (Plants, 2 types), a few hitching posts, and a few shells and a rock……I had to seen the 4 pairs off live foods, now they eat frozen or whatever they can find……….When I harvest my copepods, I put them in the bag so they will propagate along with some tisbe and tigger pods…………So it has been 3 weeks, I used the last of the live foods about 1 week ago as I was also mixing it with frozen (Baby Brine, Rotifers, Cyclopese)……….I also tossed in the mix Phytofeast Phytoplankton to feed anything propagating in the breeder bag…………When I looked in the bag today……….WHOA, give that man a cigar………There are a whole lot of tiny baby’s, all different sizes and colors, I assume these are Captive Bred, and judging by there size are only a few days old………Don’t kn i w what to do, but I have 2 more pregnant males and I am very excited as these babies are already seemingly eating the frozen and phytoplankton that I put in the tank………..Any suggestions are welcome, I am shooting from the hip with them and do not want them to become fish food or anything………I also might e able to ship some off if anyone is interested………..Anyway, please help………..I hope my “Husbandry” Will suffice for now………..please respond, Thank you……..
KrisJune 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm #5781Pete GiwojnaGuest
Congratulations on your prolific pygmy ponies, sir!
Copepods are the ideal foods for your dwarf seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae) but it is very challenging to be able to provide them with copious numbers of live copepods on a daily basis, so most home hobbyists rely on newly hatched brine shrimp (Artemia nauplii) as the staple diet for their dwarf seahorses.
Of course, if you have been able to convert some of the dwarfs to eating frozen foods instead, that will make feeding them much easier and allow you to greatly diversify their diet. In my experience, is very difficult to get dwarf seahorses to consistently accept frozen foods as their staple diet, especially since captive-bred-and-raised Hippocampus zosterae are very rarely available.
The newborns will require live foods, and larval copepods and newly hatched brine shrimp will suffice for their needs as long as you can provide them in good quantities throughout the daylight hours.
Contact me off list about your dwarf seahorses and I have a great deal of useful information about them that I can provide to you as attachments when I reply to your e-mail, Kris. (This includes a very detailed species summary, useful articles on your seahorses, hobbyist suggestions, and helpful tips from other dwarf seahorse keepers.)
You can reach me at the following e-mail address any time:
Best wishes with all your fishes, Kris!
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support
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