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December 9, 2007 at 7:59 am #1319nigelseahorseMember
Um.. well i bought a pair from you guys about a year ago since then the female sadly died of an unknown cause. the pair courted regularly but had no sucessful broods. about a month after the death:( (several water changes later and putting on a UV serilizer) i when to mu LFS to buy some salt or something when a beautiful bright orange seahorse caught my eye.. of course i bought the beauty he was one-of-a-kind:woohoo: . he has now since settled down and has befriended the male from the origonal pair a few weeks ago they started courting! they are still courting regularly every morning. Is this normal? if I buy a female will the gay pair separate? This is kinda strange???:huh:
oh by the way the big beautiful male wont eat frozen food or live brine…ive had him for 6 months and have never seen him eat a thing (i tube-fed him a few days after i got him) he must be surivingg off of the live rocks
thanksDecember 10, 2007 at 12:52 am #3910Pete GiwojnaGuest
Hey, congratulations on adding a blazing orange beauty to your herd of seahorses, sir!
Naw, you needn’t have any concerns about the sexual orientation of your lonely bachelors, Nigel. Rest assured that they are flaming heterosexuals and well do you proud and produce plenty of progeny if you provide them with a suitable female to pair up with. In a same-sex environment, it is not unusual for eager stallions (or fillies) to go through the motions of courtship with one another. That’s just an indication of how strong the mating instinct can be in Hippocampus. It doesn’t mean your seahorses are sissies, just that they’re young and inexperienced and perhaps a little too overexcited at the moment.
It’s not at all uncommon to see same-sex courting behavior or even homosexual mating attempts in seahorses under certain circumstances. The genetic imperative to reproduce is very strong in seahorses. For example, solitary males often go through the motions of courtship when there are no other seahorses present in their aquarium (Abbott, 2003). They may court their own reflection and sometimes even direct their courtship displays toward their keepers (Abbott, 2003). If no females are present, over-stimulated stallions will sometimes soothe themselves by basking in the air stream from an airstone, content with the tactile stimulation provided by the gentle barrage of bubbles. They may even flirt with inanimate objects. If all else fails, a hitching post may actually suffice as a suitable surrogate when no better alternative is available (Abbott, 2003)!
Same-sex courting displays (both male and female) are also common when no member of the opposite sex is present. Under such circumstances, these passionate ponies are not picky about their partners — males will dance with other stallions and frustrated females will sometimes flirt with other fillies (Abbott, 2003)!
Captive-bred seahorses are far more social and gregarious than their wild conspecifics, so it’s not surprising that cultured seahorses are particularly irrepressible in that regard. They seem to court constantly and the urge to procreate dominates their lives. If given a choice, they are apt to change partners often, and courtship, flirting and dancing are the activities that consume their days. Long before they are sexually mature, juvenile males will spend hours dancing with one another, just horsing around, practicing their moves and perfecting their technique for the real thing to come. Likewise, mature males often compete actively and aggressively with one another through harmless pouch displays and tail-wrestling tug-o-wars whether or not there is a female nearby to appreciate their efforts.
Provide them with a receptive female, and you can be certain that your stallions will react appropriately and perform like real studs, siring healthy broods of offspring. So you needn’t worry if your males seem to be best buddies in the absence of female companionship, sir.
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