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Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
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Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

Seahorse Club
Aquarium & Livestock

Feed Ezy Frozen Mysis

New-comer in need of help….

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    Hi everyone (sorry this will be a bit long…please be patient). I\’m new here and I am coming to you guys for help. I just bought a pair of seahorses from my LFS. At the time I was under the impression that they were tank bred.. after returning and talking to someone else, I found out they were not.
    At the store the guy threw in some frozen mysis which they immediatly ate. So, I took them home and you guessed it, they stopped eating. I tried everything. After a week of patience, I actually got the bigger one to start eating the frozen mysis. Not much, but it gave me hope. Well, than something happened… I honestly don\’t know what. The big horse, went crazy in the tank. It was as if it were fighting… the next morning…well rest in peace. Now I have no hope for the little one. I was hoping the littler one would watch the older one eat and start as well, since the bigger one is gone. The little one won\’t even hunt and I can watch her literaly starve… it\’s breaking my heart. I don\’t think she will survive today.
    My tank is well established with corals and some blennies, scooters, starfish…
    All my life I wished for seahorses. Of course now I am totally scared of trying again for fear of \"killing\" another two, not to mention the cost again.
    That\’s when I found this site. Before I even dare try again, I thought I would become a member of this site and \"talk\" with some experienced seahorse owners.
    If you have anything that you coud share with me…. please I would be thrilled to listen and learn.
    I would like to get two in my 55 gallon tank (doesn\’t need to be a mating pair).
    Thank you so much for your patience! I really appreciate it.

    Pete Giwojna

    Dear shy:

    I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been having with the seahorses from your LFS. With pet shop seahorses you can never be sure if they are captive bred and raised, wild caught, or pen-raised seahorses, which which can sometimes make feeding them a bit problematic.

    If the surviving seahorse from your LFS won’t accept frozen foods, then your only real option at this point is to provide her with some tempting live foods to get her eating and help keep her strength up. Once she is in good condition again after building up her strength with the live foods, you can take all the time you need to wean her off of live foods and onto frozen Mysis.

    I haven’t met a healthy seahorse yet that could resist the red feeder shrimp (Halocaridina rubra) from Ocean Rider, and they are very easy to keep on hand. Even adult brine shrimp can work well in the short term and help your finicky female recover and put on some weight as long as you enrich or fortify brine shrimp before you offer it to your seahorse.

    So the first order of business is to obtain some choice live foods — whatever you can obtain locally — to provide your starving female with some nutritional support and get her eating again. Small ghost shrimp, Gammarus amphipods, adult brine shrimp, and/or newborn guppies or mollies may be available from fish stores in your area. Just get some live food into her as soon as possible. If she’ll eat the live foods you can obtain locally, that should be enough to keep her going until you can get an order of red feeder shrimp delivered, which will buy you time to work on training her to eat other foods.

    Once your finicky female is eating live foods well and has fattened up a bit, then you can concentrate on weaning her onto a staple diet of frozen Mysis. I wrote an article that explains how to go about training wild seahorses to eat frozen foods, which may be helpful in your case. It is available online from the Breeder’s Registry at the following URL:

    Click here: FAMA Nov 1996. Seahorse Nutrition – Part II: Frozen Foods for Adults

    It should give you a pretty good idea of how to proceed, but bear in mind that it’s several years old; the article was written before the advent of captive bred seahorses and doesn’t apply to farm-raised ponies. Ocean Rider seahorses, and captive-bred-and-raised seahorses in general, for that matter, are trained to accept frozen Mysis as their staple, everyday diet and should not require live foods at all except as an occasional treat.

    In addition, the following link will direct you to some detailed feeding suggestions which discuss proven techniques for thawing and enriching frozen Mysis with Vibrance, as well as a lot of other information that might be helpful. 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, Chris:

    Click here: – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:Not feeding…,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,684/catid,2/

    When your female is ready for more training, I would suggest carefully target feeding her with Piscine Energetics frozen Mysis relicta, as described in the feeding suggestions.

    Providing your 55 gallon tank doesn’t house any incompatible corals or fish, it should make a fine set up for a pair of Mustangs or Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus). The following discussions should give you a pretty good idea of how to set up the tank so that seahorses will thrive in it.

    There have been a few other threads on the Ocean Rider Club discussion board at from hobbyists who were just starting out with seahorses that discuss setting up an ideal system for seahorses, filtration, feeding, lighting, circulation and so on. I’ve provided links to those discussions for you below, so please check them out. I think they will answer many of your questions about keeping seahorses:

    Click here: – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:ok stocking density…,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/catid,2/id,1526/#1526

    Re:Hello, newbie here! – O,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,1004/catid,2/

    Click here: – Seahorse, Sea Life, Marine Life, Aquafarm Sales, Feeds and Accessories – Re:Setting up a 100gal for,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,1382/catid,2/

    Re: Guidance on Keeping Seahorses:,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,639/catid,2/

    Re: New to seahorses and I have lots of questions!,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,152/catid,2/

    Re: Tank set-up advice,com_simpleboard/Itemid,144/func,view/id,715/catid,2

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    Best of luck training your pet-shop ponies to eat frozen fare, trulyshy!

    Happy Trails!
    Pete Giwojna

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