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October 15, 2007 at 8:45 am #1287ljayneMember
Just wanted to show my team! They have done wonderfully from day 1. They arrived in August and from day 1 they have eaten and been very easy to keep. Here are a couple pictures. and my other picture For a better view here is the URL:
[url]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2262/1572818603_546ebe8691.jpg?v=0[/url] and [url]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2075/1572818595_c50c8399ee.jpg?v=0[/url]
In the last month or so they have started showing colors. The gray one will turn a very, very light grey and the brown one will turn orange. They have learned to wait at the feeding station once the lights come on. I truly have enjoyed them so much! Thanks for all your help too. The forums are of tremendous help.
LaurieOctober 16, 2007 at 12:27 am #3845Pete GiwojnaGuest
Thanks for sharing — it’s good to see that your seahorses are doing so well and it sounds like you did a wonderful job of training them to eat from a feeding station! That’s a great way to prevent wastage, provide your seahorses with a sanitary place to eat so that they are not slurping up frozen Mysis from a germ-laden substrate, and safeguard your water quality. Well done!
And it’s neat that your seahorses are displaying some color phases and different color patterns now. As you know, the first pair of captive-bred seahorses I ever owned were Mustangs, and my ‘stangs also quickly learned to recognize me as their feeder, whereupon they would often interact with me at dinnertime by turning on their greeting colors. My original pair are still going strong several years later, and I have watched them go through a number of color phases from month to month. One has settled on gray-green as its base coloration for the moment, and the other ranges between rust, burnt umber, and orange, but always with contrasting beige bands. Last season, the male adopted a rich ochre yellow as his everyday attire (still with the same beige bands, though), while the female displayed a dark purplish ensemble with definite greenish highlights. When courting, they consistently brighten to a pearly white and a creamy yellow respectively. They make a handsome couple, and I find my erectus to be very attractive specimens in all their guises.
For more information about how and why seahorses change color, please check out the a two-part article on coloration in seahorses that I recently wrote for Conscientious Aquarist online magazine. Part two is loaded with tips and suggestions to help keep your seahorses looking their best and brightest. You can read the articles at the following URL’s and enjoy Leslie Leddo’s magnificent photographs:
Best of luck with your new seahorses, Laurie!
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