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November 21, 2006 at 12:46 pm #1011trulyshyMember
Fix and Foxi are doing good, but seem somewhat shy…. I try to handle them with much care when handling them, and think they should get used to it sooner or later…. but are still very shy.
While reading through the posts, I\’ve noticed people who report so much activity with theirs are people who have more than just a pair in the tank….
Does this seem like a true statement?
I am planning on a getting another pair, but thought I would wait until after Christmas (you know how it is having to get gifts left and right….). Also I wanted to make sure that I am doing everything right and keeping mine healthy and happy before I venture onto more.
Or is there a plausable reason for getting the second pair sooner??
ChristineNovember 21, 2006 at 8:20 pm #3083Pete GiwojnaGuest
All seahorses have their own distinctive personalities. Some are naturally shy and retiring, whereas others are more curious, bold and outgoing, just as people can be considered either introverted or extroverted. So if you obtained more seahorses, there is no guarantee that the newcomers will be brazen and aggressive compared to your present pair of ponies.
But I can tell you that Ocean Rider seahorses are very social, highly gregarious animals that ordinarily very much enjoyed a copy of others of their kind. They are also accustomed to the presence of people, and generally seem to enjoy interacting with their keepers. For example, they are typically friendly and quickly learn to recognize their feeder as the "giver of gourmet delights," whereupon they will often include their keeper in their daily greetings and social interactions.
And as long as you avoid overcrowding, adding some fresh blood will almost always trigger a flurry of renewed activity and greetings as the seahorses reassess their shifting social dynamics and check out their prospective new partners. As an added bonus, the newcomers increase the genetic diversity of your herd and help prevent inbreeding, strengthening your seahorse’s gene pool.
So I think that introducing a new pair of seahorses to Fix and Foxi may well liven things up a bit. I think it’s a sensible plan to wait until Christmas and gain little more experience with your seahorses to make sure you’ve got everything down pat before you consider expanding the herd. If all is going well at that time, then you can confidently add another pair to keep Fix and Foxi company.
Best of luck with all of your seahorses and their offspring, Christine!
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