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September 18, 2006 at 5:22 am #936Saint2966Member
I am unsure where I read it but seahorses \"supposedly\" like a variety of foods. So prior to the arrival of my new OR\’s I went out and bought every kind of food available. We are doing great; however, I saw the worst protest I have ever witnessed take place in my tank tonight. I finely chopped, thawed and seasoned with vibrance, frozen squid. Not only did the OR\’s spit at me, but the pair I already had from the lfs also pitched a fit. These guys had no problem displaying their disgust with my dinner choice, and even though it should have had the flavor of vibrance, it was not only refused but, the few that accidently scarfed it down before realizing it wasnt mysis, or brine, spit it at the glass then they chased it around a few minutes before coming to the glass front and dancing frantically as to ask \"where\’s supper?\" Thank goodness the echino, lobo and peppermint shrimp helped me clean it up. I did break down and prepare something a little more appreciated. I definately wont try that again. :blush:September 18, 2006 at 12:58 pm #2877nigelseahorseGuest
seahorses’ diet consists of mostly frozen mysis. It is the best choice of food. I think the people who work at OR have been feeding them mysissince they were a month old.September 18, 2006 at 1:07 pm #2878LeslieGuest
Varying the diet is important for any of our pets. Keep in mind that your seahoeses do need the HUFA content of the PE mysis. If your are getting your seahorses to eat anything but mysis consider yourself very lucky.Most will not accept anything but mysis and brine shrimp once trained. Do however be sure that the food is nutritious and if you can compare the nutritional profile to PE mysis to be sure you are feeding something equilivant that would be ideal.
If you are not sure the other foods are equilivant then the PE mysis should be their main staple with the other things fed once a week.
Post edited by: Leslie, at: 2006/09/18 09:18September 18, 2006 at 10:31 pm #2880Pete GiwojnaGuest
A little diversity in a seahorse’s diet is always a good thing, but you don’t need to get too fancy with highly domesticated Ocean Riders. The Vibrance formulations have been specially developed by experts to meet the particular nutritional requirements of seahorses when added to frozen Mysis, and Vibrance-enriched Mysis can thus serves as their staple, everyday diet.
To add a little diversity to their diet and a little behavioral enrichment to their lives, most hobbyists simply provide them with occasional treats of live foods such as red feeder shrimp (Halocaridina rubra), Gammarus amphipods, ghost shrimp, post larval shrimp, enriched adult brine shrimp, etc. It’s not uncommon for these galloping gourmets to be a little finicky when it comes to frozen foods of lesser quality since they are accustomed to eating the extremely nutritious, lifelike frozen Mysis relicta as their staple diet from a very young age.
The following link will direct you to some detailed feeding suggestions which discuss proven techniques for thawing and enriching frozen Mysis along with instructions for target feeding and the use of feeding stations — everything you need to know about feeding your new Ocean Riders in a nutshell. The feeding suggestions are listed in my response to a discussion on the Ocean Rider Club under the subject "Not feeding? Or just pods?" You can read them online at the following URL, so please check them out when you get a chance:
Click here: Seahorse.com – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:Not feeding…
Best of luck with your new seahorses, Saint! You’ll find that one of the nicest things about Ocean Riders is that they’re so easy and undemanding to feed.
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