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Seahorse Training Program — get certified now!

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  • #5315
    Kriszac99
    Guest

    Hello Pete,
    My family visited your facility while on vacation and would love to go through the training so we can enjoy seahirses at home. How do we get started?
    Kristine

    #5316
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear Kristine:

    The Ocean Rider seahorse training program is a correspondence course that’s conducted entirely via e-mail, so in order to get started with the training, we must first establish contact via e-mail. I am in charge of the training program and you can reach me at the following e-mail address anytime: [email protected]

    How long this training will take to complete depends on your experience level as an aquarist to a large extent. For example, if you have never kept seahorses before and you do not already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running, it will take at least eight weeks for your training and preparations to be completed before you can be certified. It will take that long to learn the basics of seahorse keeping, set up a suitable aquarium, cycle the tank from scratch to establish the biological filtration, and optimize the tank to create an ideal environment for seahorses. Only then can you be certified ready to receive your first seahorses.

    On the other hand, experienced marine aquarists and hobbyists that have had seahorses before and already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running can be certified much more quickly. I will run through the same basic information with them, but most of the information I provide will be familiar material for such hobbyists and they should be able to review it and get up to speed quickly, plus they should have well-established aquariums ready, fully matured that they can fairly quickly adapt in order to make them more ideal for seahorses. In a case like that, certification can be completed as soon as they have absorbed the material I provide and are confident they have a good grasp of the specialized requirements and aquarium care of the seahorses.

    So in order to get started, Kristine, the first thing I need to know is how experienced you are with saltwater aquariums. Have you ever kept a marine aquarium before? If so, how long have you been involved with the saltwater aquarium hobby? Do you have one or more marine aquariums up and running at this time? If so, how long have the tanks been in operation?

    Do you have an aquarium up and running at this time that you intend to use as a seahorse tank? If so, can you please describe the aquarium system you will be using for your seahorse tank? How large is the aquarium (length, width, and height)? What kind of filtration equipment is installed and running on the aquarium? What type of lighting system does the tank you? How long has the proposed seahorse tank been up and running? Please list all of the current inhabitants of the aquarium you will be using as your seahorse tank, if any.

    If not, if you don’t have an aquarium for your seahorses as of yet, Kristine, that’s just fine. I will be providing you with lots of recommendations and options in that regard so that you can pick out a tank that is just right for your needs and interests. And I will be working with you personally every step of the way until your new aquarium is ready for seahorses and you are well prepared to give them the best of care, regardless of how long that may take.

    All we ask in return is that you stick with the highly domesticated Ocean Rider Mustangs or Sunbursts when you are finally ready to stock your tank, Kristine. As you know, Mustangs and Sunbursts are the perfect ponies for beginners. They are hardy, highly adaptable, easy to feed, and perfectly adapted for aquarium life — the world’s only High-Health seahorses, guaranteed to be free of specific pathogens and parasites.

    If you would like to give the free seahorse training program a try, just send me a brief e-mail with the information requested above, and I will enroll you in the training course and get you started out with the first lesson right away. Be sure to include your full name (first and last), which I need for my records, and we’ll be all set.

    Best wishes with all your fishes, Kristine!

    Happy Trails!
    Pete Giwojna, Training Program Advisor

    #5336
    Alex63
    Guest

    Hi Pete,

    I am interested in taking the traing course with the objective of purchasing a pair of seahorses from Ocean Rider.

    Over the past twenty years I’ve had a number of marine systems ranging from 15 to 90 gallons and had good success with all of them. A few years back, I left the hobby and sold my 90 gallon system because we were travelling a lot. Then, a little over a year ago, my five year old granddaughter inspired me to get my 15 gallon tank out of storage and start something up because of her curiosity about the creatures living in the sand on our beach. It was a standard mini reef with live rock/sand, and soft corals – xenia, green start polyps, leather corals – and a pair of captive raised black and whithe perculas.

    My wife gave me an 18" cube tank (25 G) for Father’s Day and I just moved the mature sytem from the 15 gallon tank into that one. It appears to be stable but I plan to continue to test diligently for the next couple of weeks. If all goes well, I am hoping to order the seahorses late July in order to have them in the tank before our grand kids arrive at that point in time – by the way the granddaughte rI mentioned lives in the Netherlands so these vists are a big deal!

    System highlights –
    1. 25 lbs. live rock
    2. 40 ibs. live sand
    3. Standard clean up critters
    4. Aquaclear 50 Power Filter (w/Chemipure Elite)
    5. Remora Skimmer on its way. Due early next week.
    6. Hydoe Koralia Wave maker with 2 Nano power heads
    7. Fluval Heater
    8. JBJ K2 Viper 70 Watt light – I’m hoping this not too much for the seahorses. Please let me know what you think.

    I think that covers it. Looking forawrd to your course and the excitement of having a pair of these wonderful creatures in our home.

    Alex Austin

    #5338
    muffinman
    Guest

    Hello I also would like to get certified…. please email me with information… my tank is not set up right now but will be in a week when I get back from vacation so I want to make sure I do it right not only for money stand point but also for these majestic creatures to live happily for a long time….
    My tank is 72 bow front, asm g3 skimmer, 30 gallon sump, filter sock, 2 250w mh, 4 65w cf, led lunars as well, no live rock or sand yet bc I am not sure what aquascape is the best…. o and I have one marineland 900 jet… think I might get rid of that bc of the risk of the ponies wrapping tails around it…. just need advice I have 6 months to set up cycle and cure rock… so I have time on my side….
    Thanks again
    Tyler

    #5339
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear Tyler:

    Okay, that sounds just fine. A 72-gallon bow front corner tank with an efficient filtration system can make an excellent habitat for large seahorses such as Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus), Tyler. It will have the superior height that is so important for seahorses as well as plenty of water volume to provide good stability and a very comfortable margin for error.

    It doesn’t matter if you are relatively experienced with saltwater aquariums, Tyler. The seahorse training course is geared for newbies entered is designed to teach you the fundamental principles of good aquarium management as you progress through the lessons. By the time you have finished all 10 lessons, you will have a good understanding of everything there is to know about the care and keeping of seahorses in home aquariums.

    In short, Tyler, I would be more than happy to enroll you in the Ocean Rider seahorse training program but it’s a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, so we need to establish e-mail contact before we can begin. Please send me a brief message to the following address, including your full name (first and last), which I need for my records, and we can begin immediately:

    [email protected]

    As soon as I hear from you, I will prepare the first installment, which is a two-part lesson, and send it out for you right away, and we’ll go from there.

    Please allow me to formally introduce myself, Tyler. My name is Pete Giwojna and I provide tech-support for Ocean Rider (seahorse.com). As you know, part of my duties in that regard include providing a quick training course for new Ocean Rider customers and first-time buyers to get them up to speed on the aquarium care and requirements of seahorses.

    The purpose of this training is twofold: (1) to assure that the hobbyist has a suitable aquarium, completely cycled and with the biofiltration fully established, ready and waiting when his seahorses arrive, and (2) to assure that the hobbyist has a good understanding of the aquarium care and requirements of Ocean Rider seahorses by the time he or she has completed the training and been certified. All of which will help to ensure that things go smoothly and that the home aquarist’s first experience with Ocean Rider seahorses is rewarding and enjoyable.

    This basic training is very informal and completely free of charge, Tyler. Ocean Rider provides the free training as a service to their customers and any other hobbyists who are interested in learning more about the care and keeping of seahorses. It’s a crash course on seahorse keeping consisting of 10 separate lessons covering the following subjects, and is conducted entirely via e-mail. There is no homework and there are no examinations or classes to attend or anything of that nature — just a lot of good, solid information on seahorses for you to read through and absorb as best you can, at your own speed, working at your computer from the comfort of your own home. The training course consists of a total of over 200 pages of text with more than 200 full color illustrations, broken down into 10 lessons covering the following subjects:

    Lesson 1: Selecting a Suitable Aquarium & Optimizing It for Seahorses.
    Tank dimensions and specifications (why height is important);
    Tank location and aquarium stressors;
    Setting up a SHOWLR tank to create ideal conditions for seahorses;
    filtration options
    protein skimmers
    UV sterilizers
    titanium grounding probe
    substrate
    lighting
    water circulation
    Test kits for monitoring water quality;
    Aquascaping the seahorse tank;
    artificial hitching posts
    macroalgae
    Basic aquarium setups for seahorses;
    undergravel filters
    sponge filters

    Lesson 2: Cycling a New Aquarium & Installing the Cleanup Crew.
    The nitrogen cycle;
    nitrification and denitrification
    Step-by-step instructions for cycling a new marine aquarium;
    Seahorse-safe sanitation engineers and aquarium janitors;
    snails
    microhermit crabs
    cleaner shrimp
    Starter seahorses (hardy, highly domesticated, high-health ponies)

    Lesson 3: Reading Assignments (books, articles, and columns devoted to seahorses).

    Lesson 4: Water Chemistry, Aquarium Maintenance, & Maintaining Optimum Water Quality.
    Basic water quality parameters (acceptable range and optimum levels);
    ammonia
    nitrite
    nitrate
    pH
    specific gravity
    dissolved oxygen
    Advanced water chemistry for reef keepers;
    Performing partial water changes to maintain good water quality;
    Aquarium maintenance schedule;
    daily
    weekly
    monthly

    Lesson 5: Feeding Seahorses.
    Frozen Mysis serves as their staple, everyday diet;
    brands of frozen Mysis
    thawing and preparing frozen Mysis
    enriching with Vibrance
    Recommended feeding regimen;
    how to tell if your seahorse is getting enough to eat
    Feeding tips for seahorses;
    preparing and serving the frozen Mysis
    feeding new arrivals
    secretive feeders
    morning feedings
    setting up a feeding station
    training the seahorses to use a feeding tray
    artificial feeding stations
    natural feeding stations
    purchasing a ready-made feeding station
    elevating the feeding station
    fasting seahorses
    target feeding
    handfeeding
    Mysis relicta from Piscine Energetics
    Broadcast feeding or scatter feeding — just say no!

    Lesson 6: Compatible Tankmates for Seahorses.
    Safe and unsafe companions — no guarantees;
    Tropical tankmates;
    fish to avoid
    seahorse-safe fish
    seahorse-safe invertebrates
    Feeding seahorses in a community tank;
    Seahorse-proofing a reef tank
    safe corals
    unsafe corals
    lighting the seahorse reef
    managing water circulation for a seahorse reef

    Lesson 7: Courtship & Breeding.
    Courtship displays in Hippocampus (fully illustrated)
    brightening
    tilting and reciprocal quivering
    carouseling
    promenading
    pouch displays (pumping and ballooning)
    pointing
    copulatory rise and the egg transfer
    Pair formation
    Morning greetings
    Male brooding — a true pregnancy
    Giving birth — dawn deliveries

    Lesson 8: Raising the Young.
    Seahorse fry
    Determining ease of rearing
    Setting up a basic nursery for benthic babies
    Advanced nursery tank options for pelagic fry
    the shaded nursery
    kriesel and pseudokreisel nurseries
    the divided nursery
    in-tank nurseries (illustrated)
    the greenwater "starter" nursery
    hyposalinity for pelagic fry
    Delivery day
    Culling the fry (if necessary)
    Feeding the fry
    hatching and enriching brine shrimp (Artemia)
    decapsulated brine shrimp eggs
    culturing rotifers and copepods
    Fry feeding schedule

    Lesson 9: Disease Prevention and Control.
    Captive bred vs. wild-caught seahorses
    Importance of High-Health seahorses
    Seahorse anatomy illustrations
    external anatomy
    internal anatomy
    Screening seahorses from your LFS
    Quarantine tank
    Quarantine protocol for pet-shop ponies and wild seahorses
    Beta glucan boosts immunity to disease
    Early detection of health problems
    aquarium stressors
    disease symptoms in seahorses
    What to do at the first sign of a health problem
    The seahorse-keepers medicine chest
    first aid kit for seahorses
    must-have medications to keep on hand
    properties of the main medications
    Life expectancy
    Hepatic lipidosis (prevalence of fatty liver disease)
    Seahorse disease book

    Lesson 10: Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus) & Acclimating New Arrivals.
    Nature of Mustangs and Sunbursts
    multi-generational approach to rearing
    hybrid vigor
    genetic diversity
    selective breeding
    Hippocampus erectus species summary
    scientific name and common names
    meristic counts and morphometric measurements (illustrated)
    climate and distribution
    color and pattern
    breeding habits
    breeding season
    gestation period
    brood size
    pelagic/benthic fry
    onset of sexual maturity
    ease of rearing
    natural habitats and natural history
    preferred parameters and aquarium requirements
    suggested stocking density
    successful rearing protocols
    feeding the fry
    nursery tank designs
    rearing and grow out tanks
    diet and nutrition
    color variations
    temperature requirements
    wide ranging species with different races
    recommended reading
    Acclimating new arrivals (step-by-step instructions)
    Keeping and culturing red feeder shrimp (Halocaridina rubra)

    As I said, the seahorse training program is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, Tyler, and once we begin the lessons, I will be providing you with detailed information on all of the subjects above and answering any questions you may have about the material I present so that everything is perfectly clear to you. I will also be recommending seahorse-related articles for you to read and absorb online.

    In short, Tyler, the training course will teach you everything you need to know to keep your seahorses happy and healthy, and it will arm you with the information you need in order to tackle your first seahorses with confidence. It will explain how to set up a new aquarium and optimize it to create ideal conditions for your seahorses.

    How long this training will take to complete depends on your experience level as an aquarist to a large extent. For example, if you have never kept seahorses before and you do not already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running, it will take at least eight weeks for your training and preparations to be completed before you can be certified. It will take that long to learn the basics of seahorse keeping, set up a suitable aquarium, cycle the tank from scratch to establish the biological filtration, and optimize the tank to create an ideal environment for seahorses. Only then can you be certified ready to receive your first seahorses.

    On the other hand, experienced marine aquarists and hobbyists that have had seahorses before and already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running can be certified much more quickly. I will run through the same basic information with them, but most of the information I provide will be familiar material for such hobbyists and they should be able to review it and get up to speed quickly, plus they should have well-established aquariums ready, fully matured that they can fairly quickly adapt in order to make them more ideal for seahorses. In a case like that, certification can be completed as soon as they have absorbed the material I provide and are confident they have a good grasp of the specialized requirements and aquarium care of the seahorses.

    Once we begin the lessons, Tyler, I will be working with you personally every step of the way through our ongoing correspondence until your new aquarium is ready for seahorses and you are well prepared to give them the best of care, regardless of how long that may take.

    All we ask in return is that you stick with the highly domesticated Ocean Rider Mustangs or Sunbursts when you are finally ready to stock your tank, Tyler. As you know, Mustangs and Sunbursts are the perfect ponies for beginners. They are hardy, highly adaptable, easy to feed, and perfectly adapted for aquarium life — the world’s only High-Health seahorses, guaranteed to be free of specific pathogens and parasites.

    Best wishes with all your fishes, Tyler!

    Respectfully,
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

    #5341
    pjwalton1
    Guest

    Pete,

    I’d like enroll in your seahorse course.

    I am relatively new to marine aquariums. I have a reef tank that has been running for 20 months and a frag tank that is 8 months old. I was considering a seahorse tank when my stepdad passed away unexpectedly and I was asked to care for his seahorses. The seahorses do have an established tank that I will be able to take and my my stepdad took your course so I know they have been cared for properly. I would like to take your course so I can ensure they continue to receive goo care.

    Thanks,

    Pete

    #5342
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear Pete:

    I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of your stepfather, but it sounds like his seahorses are in good hands, sir, and I would be very happy to enroll you in the Ocean Rider seahorse training program so that you can give his ponies the best possible care.

    The seahorse training program is a correspondence course, Pete, so we need to establish e-mail contact before we can begin. If you can please send a brief e-mail including your first and last name, which I need for my records, to the following e-mail address, I will begin sending you the lessons immediately, sir:

    [email protected]

    I am looking forward to hearing back from you again shortly, Pete.

    Respectfully,
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

    #5345
    felixthecat
    Guest

    Hello Pete

    My name is Felix Hernandez and I will like to take the seahorse training program.

    Well, I live in Clermont, FL and have been keeping saltwater fish for well over 15 yrs and reef tank for 8yrs and have dwarf seahorses for 1yr. They. are my babies!!
    tank#1
    300Gal reef tank 72x36x27
    Berlin sump with skimmer
    400# of live rock
    wave makers
    T5 with 3 400watt MH
    list of corals to big

    tank#2
    10Gal dwarf seahorse
    air driven spong filter
    black sand

    tank#3 (going to be the seahorse tank) 🙂
    56gal colum 30x18x24
    two marinland 280 bio wheels
    200watt heater
    black sand and 25# liverock
    tank only has cardinals
    4 pajama 4 banggai 2 yellow striped

    me email: [email protected]
    Thank You:
    Felix Hernandez[color=#FF0000][/color]

    #5346
    chappy
    Guest

    Hello my friend.

    My last duty station as an Army Chaplain, was at Ft Shaffter. I was medically retired in 2003.

    I have focused on Fresh water, and now that I have some time, I would like to try one of my tanks as a reef tank, with the goal of ultimately having a few sea horses or sea dragons

    I have 2-93 Gal bow front tanks, (pie slice shaped) and a 180 Gal bow front.
    and a 125 gal rectangular tank. They are all 24" tall, the 180 is 24 " in depth, and the 92’s are 34" deep.

    I am presently wanting to find a way to down load your training program so that I can work up to the certification process before I do something stupid and kill an expensive horse.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Dave Hodge

    Carlsbad NM

    [email protected]

    #5347
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear Dave:

    Outstanding, sir! The training program is a correspondence course, which is conducted entirely via e-mail, so it is unavailable for downloading, but it would be it an honor and a privilege to enroll you in the Ocean Rider training program for new seahorse keepers, Dave, and I will get you started out with the first installment, which is a two-part lesson, right away. Look for it in your e-mail inbox later today, sir.

    Any or all of your available aquariums would make superb seahorse setups, Dave. They all have the superior height that is so important for seahorses as well as plenty of water volume to provide exceptional stability and a very comfortable margin for error. The first lesson in the training program is devoted to selecting and equipping a suitable tank, and it will discuss the aquarium parameters to look for when deciding on a seahorse tank that is just right for your needs and interests, sir, so you’ll have a better idea of which tank you may wish to convert to a dedicated seahorse setup after you go over the first information packet.

    Your plans to accommodate seadragons, however, will have to remain a project for the future, since none of the glorious dragons will be available for home hobbyists at this time, and that is likely to remain the case for some time to come.

    This is what I usually advise home hobbyists regarding the fabulous seadragons, Dave:

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    Seadragons

    I share your fascination with seadragons — they are surely about the most exotic, spectacular aquarium specimens unimaginable!

    Both Carol Cozzi-Schmarr and her husband Craig (Ocean Rider in Kona, Hawaii) and Tracy Warland (South Australia Seahorse Marine Services in Port Lincoln, Australia) have worked with farm-raised Seadragons. Rearing protocols for both the Leafy and Weedy Seadragons are under development at these aquaculture facilities, as well as at several zoos and large public aquaria that house captive populations of the dragons. For example, as I recall, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach California has successfully raised two broods of dragons in captivity and, at last report, the yearlings were even eating frozen food. I believe José Gomezjurado may also be working with captive-bred seadragons. But progress has been slow, and successful breeding in captivity has been very rare thus far, so these must be considered long-term projects aimed at the goal of someday raising domesticated dragons for zoos and public aquaria.

    Rearing seadragon fry is actually straightforward and has not proven to be an obstacle at all. In fact, all of the seadragons currently on public display around the world were raised in captivity. However, this has been accomplished by procuring gravid males and allowing them to give birth in the aquarium. The adult males are then released back into the wild, and the resulting seadragon fry are raised using techniques very similar to the way seahorse fry are raised.

    Closing the life cycle with seadragons has however proven to be extremely difficult. The domesticated dragons pair off, court, and breed in captivity fairly well, but successful egg transfers are rarely if ever accomplished. The females will ripen eggs and dutifully attempt to transfer them to receptive males, but for some as yet undetermined reason, the eggs almost always fail to adhere to the brood patch on the ventral surface of the male. It is this problem that is holding back captive breeding programs for seadragons.

    These magnificent animals are the largest, fanciest, strangest and most fascinating of the seahorse’s relatives and a wonder to behold. For seahorse lovers, getting up close and personal with Seadragons is the ultimate experience, and I know hobbyists who have planned their entire vacations around the opportunity to visit an aquarium where seahorses and dragons were on display, often travelling thousands of miles for that rare privilege. For us hard-core fish fanatics and aficionados of aquatic equines, that’s better than a trip to Disney World any day.

    The spectacular Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) is surely the most ornate of all fishes and the most splendid example of protective mimicry one could ever imagine. Textbooks dryly describe the fabulous finnage of these mythical marvels as "lobate and spiny processes" extending from the body. In plain English that merely means that Phycodorus eques has developed extravagant, branching leaflike appendages all around the margins of its body. Twigs of this fantastic fleshy foliage sprout from its snout, its crest, and its rib cage, adding to its masterful disguise. So intricate, elaborate and profuse are these delicate leafy structures that they resemble the exquisite patterns of fine lacework doilies.

    In short, the Leafy Seadragon looks like the result of some diabolical experiment in genetic engineering that involved splicing the genes of a seahorse with those of a seaweed. Only in this case the experiment seems to have gone slightly awry, yielding a chimerical creation that’s roughly 80% clump of Sargassum and only about 20% seahorse! Words simply don’t do it justice — only a photograph could begin to capture the intricate elegance of this miracle of evolution.

    The Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), which grows to a length of 18 inches (46 cm), is another equally outrageous oddity of nature. It is not as fancy as the Leafy Seadragon but it is even larger and more colorful. Weedies have relatively sparse, wispy appendages but are adorned with bright yellow and red colors, which are crossed by several diagonal violet bars and often further augmented by a constellation of silvery-white dots adorning its dark midsection. The specimens from deeper water seem to have the most striking coloration, featuring intense reds and purples. When courting and mating, the diagonal bars become a brilliant fluorescent purple that all but glows.

    My favorite description of the Seadragon’s bizarre beauty was penned by the Rev. J. E. Tenison-Wood in "Fish and Fisheries of New South Wales:"

    [open quote] "It is the ghost of a Sea Horse, with its winding-sheet all in ribbons around it, and even as a ghost it seems in the very last stages of emaciation, literally all skin and grief. The process of development by which the fish attained to such a state must be the most miserable chapter in the history of natural selection. If this be the survival of the fittest, it is easy to understand what has become of the rest. . . . Never did the famishing spectres of the ancient mariner’s experience present such painful spectacles. If these creatures be horses, they must be the lineal descendents of those which were trained to live on nothing, but unfortunately perished ere the experiment had quite concluded.

    "The odd thing about these strange fishes is that their tattered cerements are like in shape and color to the seaweeds they frequent, so they hide and feed with safety. Thus the long ends of ribs which seem to poke through the skin to excite our compassion are really protective resemblances, and serve to allure the prey more effectually within reach of these awful ghouls. . . . If this is [evolutionary] development, it stopped here only just in time; one step more and it would have been a bunch of kelp." [end quote]

    Both of these spectacular species are native to the Wonderful Land of Oz. The Leafy and the Weedy Seadragon inhabit the temperate waters of southern Australia.

    Like the male seahorse, the male seadragon carries the eggs, but in the case of the dragons, the males don’t get pregnant or undergo labor pains and birth spasms. They merely carry the eggs on the underside of their tails and ferry the embryonic young about until they hatch. The male seadragon lacks a pouch and the female simply glues the exposed eggs to a special place on the ventral surface of the male’s tail for safekeeping, where they embed partially.

    Wild-caught Seadragons are fragile creatures that find the captive environment very stressful, and therefore only tank-raised specimens are sold for public display nowadays. The wild dragons proved so skittish that simply turning the room lights on or off in the display hall was often a deadly disruption for them. The sudden change in light intensity would send the delicate deep-water dragons careening around their tank in a blind panic and they would injure themselves by crashing into the sides of the aquarium or broach the surface and gulp air with fatal consequences. Flash photography from well-meaning visitors who hoped to capture an image of the fantastic fishes as a memento of their visit to the aquarium could produce the same result.

    Tank-raised specimens are much more at home in the aquarium and have no such problems. Provided with pale night lights and dimmer switches on the light fixtures, they do quite well in the aquarium. As a result, the domesticated dragons now live as long as 9-10 years with good care (Warland, pers. comm.). Many of the domesticated dragons will readily accept frozen Mysis.

    Before you get too excited, however, I should point out that domesticated dragons are completely beyond the reach of the home hobbyist. They are very costly animals and require very large, deep enclosures with carefully directed water currents in order to thrive. So unless you’re independently wealthy and can afford to pay an architect to build a new house for you designed around your seadragon system, our dream of keeping domesticated ‘dragons in our living rooms will have to remain just that — a favorite fantasy.

    But don’t despair — there’s another way to live out such a fantasy that’s the next best thing. The good news is that when hardy, captive raised Seadragons that are accustomed to aquarium life become readily available, there isn’t a zoo or public aquarium in the country that won’t want to display them. Before long, we will no longer have to worship Seadragons from afar or plan a special summer vacation just to get a quick glimpse of them for they are sure to be on exhibit somewhere near to us all. Soon we’ll be able to visit them, observing them at our leisure and admiring their majesty and grace as often as we like.
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    That’s the current status of domesticated dragons, Dave. They are tremendously popular display animals, and before long most everyone will be able to enjoy them at their local zoo or the nearest public aquarium. Leafy Seadragons will probably never be practical for the home hobbyist; they simply require too much depth and swimming space. Weedy Seadragons, on the other hand, can be kept in smaller, shallower aquaria with proper care, and it may someday be feasible for a dedicated hobbyists to keep juvenile weedies in a home aquarium. In fact, sir, the sort of large, tall, deep aquariums you have available right now would be very well suited for keeping weedy seadragons. But first the aquaculturists will have to overcome the sticky problem of those egg transfers…

    Please allow me to introduce myself, Dave. My name is Pete Giwojna and I provide tech-support for Ocean Rider (seahorse.com). As you know, sir, part of my duties in that regard include providing a quick training course for new Ocean Rider customers and first-time buyers to get them up to speed on the aquarium care and requirements of seahorses.

    The purpose of this training is twofold: (1) to assure that the hobbyist has a suitable aquarium, completely cycled and with the biofiltration fully established, ready and waiting when his seahorses arrive, and (2) to assure that the hobbyist has a good understanding of the aquarium care and requirements of Ocean Rider seahorses by the time he or she has completed the training and been certified. All of which will help to ensure that things go smoothly and that the home aquarist’s first experience with Ocean Rider seahorses is rewarding and enjoyable.

    This basic training is very informal and completely free of charge, Dave. Ocean Rider provides the free training as a service to their customers and any other hobbyists who are interested in learning more about the care and keeping of seahorses. It’s a crash course on seahorse keeping consisting of 10 separate lessons covering the following subjects, and is conducted entirely via e-mail. There is no homework and there are no examinations or classes to attend or anything of that nature — just a lot of good, solid information on seahorses for you to read through and absorb as best you can, at your own speed, working at your computer from the comfort of your own home. The training course consists of a total of over 200 pages of text with more than 220 full color illustrations, broken down into 10 lessons covering the following subjects:

    Lesson 1: Selecting a Suitable Aquarium & Optimizing It for Seahorses.
    Tank dimensions and specifications (why height is important);
    Tank location and aquarium stressors;
    Setting up a SHOWLR tank to create ideal conditions for seahorses;
    filtration options
    protein skimmers
    UV sterilizers
    titanium grounding probe
    substrate
    lighting
    water circulation
    Test kits for monitoring water quality;
    Aquascaping the seahorse tank;
    artificial hitching posts
    macroalgae
    Basic aquarium setups for seahorses;
    undergravel filters
    sponge filters

    Lesson 2: Cycling a New Aquarium & Installing the Cleanup Crew.
    The nitrogen cycle;
    nitrification and denitrification
    Step-by-step instructions for cycling a new marine aquarium;
    Seahorse-safe sanitation engineers and aquarium janitors;
    snails
    microhermit crabs
    cleaner shrimp
    Starter seahorses (hardy, highly domesticated, high-health ponies)

    Lesson 3: Reading Assignments (books, articles, and columns devoted to seahorses).

    Lesson 4: Water Chemistry, Aquarium Maintenance, & Maintaining Optimum Water Quality.
    Basic water quality parameters (acceptable range and optimum levels);
    ammonia
    nitrite
    nitrate
    pH
    specific gravity
    dissolved oxygen
    Advanced water chemistry for reef keepers;
    Performing partial water changes to maintain good water quality;
    Aquarium maintenance schedule;
    daily
    weekly
    monthly

    Lesson 5: Feeding Seahorses.
    Frozen Mysis serves as their staple, everyday diet;
    brands of frozen Mysis
    thawing and preparing frozen Mysis
    enriching with Vibrance
    Recommended feeding regimen;
    how to tell if your seahorse is getting enough to eat
    Feeding tips for seahorses;
    preparing and serving the frozen Mysis
    feeding new arrivals
    secretive feeders
    morning feedings
    setting up a feeding station
    training the seahorses to use a feeding tray
    artificial feeding stations
    natural feeding stations
    purchasing a ready-made feeding station
    elevating the feeding station
    fasting seahorses
    target feeding
    handfeeding
    Mysis relicta from Piscine Energetics
    Broadcast feeding or scatter feeding — just say no!

    Lesson 6: Compatible Tankmates for Seahorses.
    Safe and unsafe companions — no guarantees;
    Tropical tankmates;
    fish to avoid
    seahorse-safe fish
    seahorse-safe invertebrates
    Feeding seahorses in a community tank;
    Seahorse-proofing a reef tank
    safe corals
    unsafe corals
    lighting the seahorse reef
    managing water circulation for a seahorse reef

    Lesson 7: Courtship & Breeding.
    Courtship displays in Hippocampus (fully illustrated)
    brightening
    tilting and reciprocal quivering
    carouseling
    promenading
    pouch displays (pumping and ballooning)
    pointing
    copulatory rise and the egg transfer
    Pair formation
    Morning greetings
    Male brooding — a true pregnancy
    Giving birth — dawn deliveries

    Lesson 8: Raising the Young.
    Seahorse fry
    Determining ease of rearing
    Setting up a basic nursery for benthic babies
    Advanced nursery tank options for pelagic fry
    the shaded nursery
    kriesel and pseudokreisel nurseries
    the divided nursery
    in-tank nurseries (illustrated)
    the greenwater "starter" nursery
    hyposalinity for pelagic fry
    Delivery day
    Culling the fry (if necessary)
    Feeding the fry
    hatching and enriching brine shrimp (Artemia)
    decapsulated brine shrimp eggs
    culturing rotifers and copepods
    Fry feeding schedule

    Lesson 9: Disease Prevention and Control.
    Captive bred vs. wild-caught seahorses
    Importance of High-Health seahorses
    Seahorse anatomy illustrations
    external anatomy
    internal anatomy
    Screening seahorses from your LFS
    Quarantine tank
    Quarantine protocol for pet-shop ponies and wild seahorses
    Beta glucan boosts immunity to disease
    Early detection of health problems
    aquarium stressors
    disease symptoms in seahorses
    What to do at the first sign of a health problem
    The seahorse-keepers medicine chest
    first aid kit for seahorses
    must-have medications to keep on hand
    properties of the main medications
    Life expectancy
    Hepatic lipidosis (prevalence of fatty liver disease)
    Seahorse disease book

    Lesson 10: Mustangs and Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus) & Acclimating New Arrivals.
    Nature of Mustangs and Sunbursts
    multi-generational approach to rearing
    hybrid vigor
    genetic diversity
    selective breeding
    Hippocampus erectus species summary
    scientific name and common names
    meristic counts and morphometric measurements (illustrated)
    climate and distribution
    color and pattern
    breeding habits
    breeding season
    gestation period
    brood size
    pelagic/benthic fry
    onset of sexual maturity
    ease of rearing
    natural habitats and natural history
    preferred parameters and aquarium requirements
    suggested stocking density
    successful rearing protocols
    feeding the fry
    nursery tank designs
    rearing and grow out tanks
    diet and nutrition
    color variations
    temperature requirements
    wide ranging species with different races
    recommended reading
    Acclimating new arrivals (step-by-step instructions)
    Keeping and culturing red feeder shrimp (Halocaridina rubra)

    The seahorse training program is a correspondence course that is conducted entirely via e-mail, Dave, and once we begin the lessons, I will be providing you with detailed information on all of the subjects above and answering any questions you may have about the material I present so that everything is perfectly clear to you. I will also be recommending seahorse-related articles for you to read and absorb online.

    In short, Dave, the training course will teach you everything you need to know to keep your seahorses happy and healthy, and it will arm you with the information you need in order to tackle your first ponies with confidence. It will explain how to set up a new aquarium and optimize it to create ideal conditions for your seahorses.

    How long this training will take to complete depends on your experience level as an aquarist to a large extent. For example, if you have never kept seahorses before and you do not already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running, it will take at least eight weeks for your training and preparations to be completed before you can be certified. It will take that long to learn the basics of seahorse keeping, set up a suitable aquarium, cycle the tank from scratch to establish the biological filtration, and optimize the tank to create an ideal environment for seahorses. Only then can you be certified ready to receive your first seahorses.

    On the other hand, experienced marine aquarists and hobbyists that have had seahorses before and already have a suitable saltwater aquarium up and running can be certified much more quickly. I will run through the same basic information with them, but most of the information I provide will be familiar material for such hobbyists and they should be able to review it and get up to speed quickly, plus they should have well-established aquariums ready, fully matured that they can fairly quickly adapt in order to make them more ideal for seahorses. In a case like that, certification can be completed as soon as they have absorbed the material I provide and are confident they have a good grasp of the specialized requirements and aquarium care of the seahorses.

    It doesn’t matter if you are new to saltwater aquarium keeping, Dave. The seahorse training program is geared for beginners and is designed to teach you all the fundamentals of good aquarium management as you progress through the lessons. I will also be recommending some good basic guidebooks for novices, and, of course, I will be working with you personally every step of the way through our ongoing correspondence until your new aquarium is ready for seahorses and you are well prepared to give them the best of care, regardless of how long that may take.

    All we ask in return is that you stick with the highly domesticated Ocean Rider Mustangs or Sunbursts when you are finally ready to stock your tank, Dave. As you know, Mustangs and Sunbursts are the perfect ponies for beginners. They are hardy, highly adaptable, easy to feed, and perfectly adapted for aquarium life — the world’s only High-Health seahorses, guaranteed to be free of specific pathogens and parasites.

    Best wishes with all your fishes, Dave!

    Happy Trails!
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

    #5348
    jonny155
    Guest

    Dear Pete,

    After a few years I am ready to get back into my all time greatest hobby. SEAHORSES! 🙂 I used to have a 55 gallon tank setup with 4 pairs of your horses, for over 4 years. A tragedy happened when a power surge came through and tripped my surge protector and unfornately it was on a day I was gone for a vacatioin and the neighbor I had coming in to feed them knew only what I had shown them which was to feed them and make sure everything looked ok. Unfornately it had 100lbs of live rock and all that rock sucked the oxygen straight out of the tank. I was devistated as they were my pride and joy, and everyone loved to watch them. But I want to give it another go, as I am finally over the loss. I was headed to order online when I learned about this certification stuff you must do now. So I would love to enroll in this asap.

    Thanks
    Jonathan Brann

    #5349
    rob1914
    Guest

    Dear pete,
    i would like to enroll in your training program before i make my purchase. Please email me [email protected] with any info you need and how to get the course started.

    Thanks, Ron

    #5350
    vickiboe
    Guest

    I would like to take the seahorse email training so I do everything right the first time. Add me to the list please. [email protected]

    #5365
    ChuckWes
    Guest

    Hello, I’m thinking about getting searhorses again. We had them before but we bought some fry that had worms and nothing in the tank made it. The tank has been set up for over a year and all the parameters are excellent. The tank currently has the following in inhabitants and we can move anything to a different tank.

    Pair of maroon clowns and pink bubble tip anemone, one harp tail blennie, one flame hawk fish, one six line wrasse, one blue spot puffer (toby), one black and white hi-hat (growing out of the tank and will more than likely be removed soon), 8 nacariuss snails, and currently 5 small blue leg hermit crabs.

    The tank is 36 gallons with a power-head, a Fluval 305 filter, and around 6 pounds of live rock.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    #5368
    Pete Giwojna
    Guest

    Dear Charles:

    Well, sir, a 36-gallon aquarium with an efficient filtration system could make an excellent habitat for seahorses, and it would be well suited for large tropical seahorses such as Mustangs or Sunbursts (Hippocampus erectus).

    Unfortunately, Charles, many of the current inhabitants of your 36-gallon community tank are not good companions for seahorses, and whether or not you would like to proceed will therefore likely depend on how willing you are to relocate the specimens that would present a risk to the seahorses.

    The flame Hawkfish is a splendid tankmates for seahorses, sir, and the Nassarius snails and blue legged hermit crabs can form the basis of an efficient cleanup crew, and are fine with seahorses. A small six-line wrasse also often does well with seahorses, but the remaining specimens would not be safe to keep with the ponies.

    The pink bubble tip anemone should be removed because of its stinging ability. Seahorses are bottom dwellers that orient to the substrate and they will grasp onto any handy objects on the bottom with their prehensile tails in order to use them as convenient hitching posts. Sooner or later, the ponies would encounter the tentacles of the anemone and be stung. This would be painful for the seahorses and could damage their integument, leaving them vulnerable to secondary infections at the site of the sting.

    Maroon clowns are way too territorial and aggressive to be kept with seahorses, Charles. They are very scrappy for clownfish and have a well-developed cheek spine on their gill cover that they use for fighting, just as marine angelfish do, and they can do a lot of damage with this weapon if they are so inclined. Moreover, they are especially feisty and territorial when they have paired off. Your pair of maroon clowns are very likely to regard any seahorses as unwelcome intruders, with unfortunate consequences…

    The blue spot puffer might be a good candidate for seahorse setup except that they are notorious fin nippers and often cannot seem to resist the seahorse’s well-developed dorsal fin. The puffer should be relocated as a precaution for that reason.

    A small high hat (cubbyu or jackknife fish) usually gets along very well with seahorses, but it sounds like your specimen has been thriving under your diligent care and growing accordingly, and may now have reached the size where it would be problematic. I would relocate the high hat to be on the safe site as well.

    Some blennies do well with seahorses, but many of them can become aggressive toward the ponies over time; I am not sure which category the harp tail blenny may fall into, Charles, but I would play it safe and relocate the blenny rather than take a chance that it might cause trouble down the line.

    In other words, sir, in order to convert your 36-gallon tank into a suitable seahorse setup, most of the current residents would need to be relocated. If you are okay with that, Charles, then I would say the chances are good that Mustangs or Sunbursts would thrive under your care and I promise you will find them to be tremendously more hardy than the parasitized seahorse fry that fared so poorly for you in the past.

    If that sounds good to you, sir, then I would like to invite you to participate in the Ocean Rider seahorse training program, Charles, which will teach you everything you need to know about successfully keeping Mustangs and Sunbursts in your home aquarium.

    This basic training is very informal and completely free of charge, yet quite comprehensive, Charles. Ocean Rider provides the free training as a service to their customers and any other hobbyists who are interested in learning more about the care and keeping of seahorses. It’s a crash course on seahorse keeping consisting of 10 separate lessons covering the following subjects, and is conducted entirely via e-mail. There is no homework and there are no examinations or classes to attend or anything of that nature — just a lot of good, solid information on seahorses for you to read through and absorb as best you can, at your own speed, working from your computer in the comfort of your own home. The training course consists of a total of over 200 pages of text with more than 220 full color illustrations, and if you would like to give a try, just send me a brief message saying so to the following e-mail address, and I will get you started out with the first lesson in the training program right away:

    [email protected]

    (The Ocean Rider seahorse training program is a correspondence course conducted by e-mail, and we therefore need to establish e-mail communication in order to proceed with the lessons.)

    Best wishes with all your fishes, sir!

    Respectfully,
    Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

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