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    Russell
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    Hello Ocean Rider,

    I have been battling a problem since I moved my Seahorses to a 47 column Tank that has been cycled for over a year. I started this tank with a pair of seahorses that I purchased from Ocean Rider and was pleased when they had Babies. I had 3 male survivors out of last years spring broods and everything seems to be going great until recently. All my males have died, including the Breeding Stallion. They were all vibrant and healthy up until a couple of weeks ago. Nothing new has been added, no new routine.
    I have two loan juveniles, from a winter brood, that are not displaying their sex and they are perfectly fine, and my female is fine. I have tested for EVERYTHING (parameters) with two types of kits, connected a Sen-eye device to monitor parameters a little closer, Freshwater dips to rule out parasites, the temperature has not gone over 73F, and feeding regularly (clean up after) and water changes are weekly. I started doing 5% daily after changes after the first death. All that to say, I do my best to keep it clean and stable. Is there a disease or common problem that targets Male Seahorses specifically? . This has happened before 3 years ago, I lost 2 males in another tank and the females survived and still thriving. I contributed that to my negligence because I was new to seahorses at that time.
    I can’t find any information describing my situation and it is beyond frustrating. So frustrating in fact, I bought a brand new tank, new sump, protein skimmer…new everything, all is being delivered this week. Is there any advice you guys could offer? They are like little members of the family and when one passes it is painful, now that I am 3 deaths in, I am devastated.
    Thank you, Russell

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    Pete Giwojna
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    Dear Evelyn:

    My name is Pete Giwojna and I provide tech support for Ocean Rider and respond to inquiries from home hobbyists on the Ocean Rider website.

    However, I developed double pneumonia on January 14 and was hospitalized for eight weeks while I recovered from this illness. I was unable to monitor the seahorse discussion forums during this time, so there have been no official responses to any inquiries for the past two months.

    I was discharged from the hospital on Monday, March 11 and I am now back home again and able to resume my duties on behalf of Ocean Rider. I have just begun answering the backlog of messages that accumulated during my absence, but it will take some time to catch up with the volume of inquiries that have piled up in the meantime, so please bear with me…

    If you have been waiting for a response to a message, please feel free to contact me personally at [email protected] for a prompt reply.

    Thank you for your patience in the meantime!

    Respectfully,
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

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