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March 6, 2006 at 8:44 pm #763SEAGAZERMember
Good day all,
I\’ve kind of worried about my horses. They\’re behaviors seem fine, if not improving constantly. (new behaviors at times) One pair is constantly together, and breeding. The other pair, well, he thinks the world revolves around him, and her opinion of him is quite the opposite. All four horses seem healthy, and happy. I guess maybe I\’m having issues due to my reef? I\’ve been target feeding them since I received them in Jan of this year. This has worked fine other than It\’s hard not to overfeed when the mysis gets stuck in the tip of my seasquirt. They\’re eating habits have dropped off alot in the last 2 weeks or so. The water conditions have remain stable and within all limits other than treating for high phosphates. The gurth of they\’re bodies does not seem to be suffering at all. Could it be that the grazing they\’ve been doing on my live rock is beginning to sustain them???
I\’ve also been blessed with my first batch of fry in my nursery tank. Lot\’s of problems, especially belly bubbles. Slowly trying to tweak everything so I\’ll be more prepared for the next batch in 15 days. That\’s been the gestation period for my one couple. WISH ME LUCK! Trying not to get my hopes up to much for this batch though. Has anyone figured out any way to make that belly bubble better???
Have a great day:unsure:March 7, 2006 at 11:36 pm #2347Pete GiwojnaGuest
Congratulations on your first brood of fry! A healthy interest in courtship and breeding is always a good sign.
If your tank has lots of live rock and supports an abundance of copepods and amphipods, your seahorses are almost certainly supplementing their daily feedings by grazing on the natural fodder in your tank. It’s very possible that this could account for a decrease in the amount of frozen Mysis they have been eating lately.
So, in your case, a decrease in their appetite may not necessarily be a cause for concern. As long as they are not losing weight or conditioning — no sunken abdomens or pinched in belly plates — but are maintaining their normal girth, then I wouldn’t worry too much about the change in their eating habits.
One way you can doublecheck to see if they are getting enough to eat on a daily basis is to examine their fecal pellets. If the fecal pellets they are producing have not changed in quantity or appearance, you can be assured they are getting plenty to eat. But beware if they start producing white, stringy feces rather than their usual fecal pellets — those pale, stringy feces are a sure sign of a seahorse that is not getting enough nourishment.
There’s really nothing you can do once pelagic seahorse fry gulp air and develop buoyancy problems. Once that happens, the fry are pretty much doomed. The best thing you can do is to prevent such problems from occurring by using kriesel-type nurseries with a circular flow pattern, maintaining reduced salinity in the nursery tank, and providing the right level of turbulence and turbidity, all of which will help keep the fry away from the surface and help prevent them from gulping air in the first place. If you haven’t already seen them, I would be happy to repost the information on nursery options for maintaining pelagic seahorse fry and preventing floaters and surface huggers.
Best of luck with your seahorses and their progeny, Seagazer!
Pete GiwojnaMarch 8, 2006 at 12:34 pm #2348SEAGAZERGuest
Good day Pete!
Thank you for the input once again.
I think I’ve read, and saved all of your postings regarding the nursery. I’m sort of using the Krisel method. I have a 12 gallon nano set up. I used 2 inches of live sand as substrate. I have a small grouping of live rock in the middle of the tank with an airstone in the middle. It forms a downflowing current along all 4 walls of the nursery. It’s actually working quite well now. I had problems in the beginning because I had planned on using the filtration system of the nano, however I can’t seem to keep the fry out of the intake. I lowered the water level to below the intake of the nano system, and have ceased using it altogether. I’m going to be doing dailey water changes instead. I’ve also lowered the salinity to 1.016. The healthy fry that I have now are doing quite well. I never could have gotten this farr without all of your help. Thanks again
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