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December 7, 2006 at 10:27 pm #1029nigelseahorseMember
A few weeks ago my male\’s pouch deflated it had been full since i had gotten him 2 weeks before that. A day after the pouch shrunk they were courting for hours! They kept trying to pass eggs. I guess they did but the next day i found a pile of redish eggs at the bottom of the tank. After that I havent seen them court very much. Sometimes in the morning they will casualy pass each other and change colors for a moment. But I havent seen them try to re-pass the eggs and he doesnt look pregnant at all. Could it be unfavorible tank conditions? Theyre in a smallish tank. Do you think it would help if i got a bigger tank with a more natural setting? I planning on this for Christmas, a 30 gal with same filtration, a PC, sand, and the artificial Cat Paw Coral
wow that was a long link
I plan to have it set up by New Year\’s. And maybe bet another mustang to join the couple.
I bet if the horses were smarter they would be looking forward to it too!B)December 8, 2006 at 2:44 pm #3138KrisGuest
It is not uncommon for seahorses to miss a transfer and drop the eggs. If this happens it takes 2 to 3 weeks for H.erectus to get ready to try again. The thing to remember is they need height to successfully mate. You mentioned they’re in a "smallish" tank. How small? In my expeirence tank size and seahorse age directly affect mating.
It’s great you are thinking of getting a larger tank, keep in mind it takes several weeks for a marine tank to cycle. Seahorses should never be added prior to the tank being fully cycled.
Faux corals make excelent hitches, low maintainence:) . Best of luck.
Regards KrisDecember 8, 2006 at 9:38 pm #3139nigelseahorseGuest
Its 15 gallons:( But if i took the 15 cycled gallons of water and mixed it with 15 more gallons of new salt water to fill the new tank and kept the filters would cycling be needed?December 10, 2006 at 8:44 pm #3141nigelseahorseGuest
You were right. This morning the female was urging the male to rise to the top to transfer her eggs. I hope they are sucsessful this time. It would be nice to have some Christmas babies! :laugh:December 11, 2006 at 3:00 pm #3146KrisGuest
We’ll, were they sucsessful?
If you removed everything from the current setup and moved it to a larger tank you will still get a cycle. Moving the filter’s, rock and anything else that is currently in the tank you will have some die off of bacteria, thus causing the cycling process. Altho, if it were a short move, the cyle might not take as long.
I would put the Horses in a 5 gal. bucket with an air stone and a few hitches, move everything to the new tank. Scrub the 15. Fill it back up with fresh water and keep the horses there till the larger tank cycled. Keeping them in the 15 would require you do daily water changes to keep the water fresh, but they wouldn’t be subjected to living in a tank that is going through a starter cycle.
P.S, Maybe Pete will come along and elaborate on the why’s and why nots.:)December 13, 2006 at 6:02 am #3156nigelseahorseGuest
Im not there for most of the day but the male just won’t let go of his hitching posts. He will change colors but wont rise with the female.:unsure:
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