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June 6, 2008 at 6:03 am #1465orchidsnfishMember
I am looking for a couple of pairs of Caps. I emailed Ocean Rider and you guys said you weren\’t shipping them during the summer, but were still breeding them. I was wondering when they will be available. I have a tank cycled and ready to go for them so it\’s going to be a long summer for me. B) Not that I mind letting the tank mature for them. Just wanted to make sure that they will be available again in the fall.
AngelaJune 8, 2008 at 7:35 am #4245HyshnariGuest
I’m also interested into getting back into Capensis — I moved about a year ago and my tank has been cycling for some time now.
It’s probably a good idea that they’re not shipping during the summer since Capensis are colder water seahorses and have been known to have tail issues if the water fluctuates too warm.
In any case, I’m patiently waiting for them to get in stock 🙂
-JenniferJune 11, 2008 at 2:54 am #4250Pete GiwojnaGuest
Dear Angela & Jennifer:
Ocean Rider is still working all of their lines of captive-bred-and-raised seahorses, including Zulu-lulus, their strain of cultured Hippocampus capensis, but in the case of the Zulus, they are not raising them in commercial numbers for the aquarium market at this time. Rather, they are raising enough of the H. capensis to maintain their broodstock and to eliminate any concerns about inbreeding, and to provide display animals for the aquaculture facility, but they aren’t raising enough surplus specimens to offer them to hobbyists. That is likely to remain the case with H. zosterae and H. procerus for the foreseeable future, but they generally offer the Zulus (H. capensis) at least once a year, so I asked Carol and Craig to give me a timeframe regarding when the next crop of H. capensis will be ready to market.
Carol informs me that they are not planning on offering the Zulus to hobbyists in the season because they are concentrating on other breeding projects right now, but that Ocean Rider should be doing another commercial run of their captive-bred-and-raised H. capensis next year. So it looks like the next crop of Zulus that will be available for hobbyists is still a year away.
Best wishes with all of your fishes in the meantime. Contact me off list ([email protected]) if you are looking for some alternatives to the H. capensis in view of this delay and I can suggest some other options for you.
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