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August 17, 2007 at 9:08 am #1259tammypMemberHello Pete,
To my surprised my OR Sunburst had babies. I didn\’t even know one of them were preganant. I\’m shocked because I spend a lot of time observing them and never notice any of my males with a large pouch. I\’m so mad at myself. I feel bad that these babies are on the own but I\’m not set up to handle them any ways. They are amazing and unbelievable so small and truly look like a minature seahorse. I feel really awful that they are going just going to perish. Hopefully as I get more familiar and more knowledgeable with these beautiful creatures I will be able to raise some ponies in the future. My focus right now is taking care of them and making sure water quality is good. I have just focus on the main things for right now which to me is my water quality and feeding them. Pete, by the way my erectus that had the pouch problem is still doing very well and is staying hitch at the bottom and eating very well. No reoccurrences. I\’m so happy with my OR ponies they are the best and Pete your the best too. Thanks for everything guys.
August 17, 2007 at 8:35 pm #3766Pete GiwojnaGuestDear Tammy:
Congratulations on your unexpected brood of babies! A healthy interest in breeding and mating is a sure sign that your seahorses feel very much at home in the surroundings you have provided for them and that conditions are to their liking. So you’ve obviously been doing a very good job of feeding them, maintaining your water quality, and providing them a stress-free environment. Well done!
If you’re not set up for rearing at this time, feel free to disperse the babies to anyone in your area that might like to try raising them. If there is an Aquarium Society in your town, they will often have members that would love to have the babies, Tammy. Ocean Rider allows hobbyists to freely disburse their fry up until they reach the age of 30 days. If they are overburdened with a baby boom, the best bet for most hobbyists is to adopt the newborns out to surrogate parfents who live within driving distance. Of course, this works best if they have a friend or neighbor or know a fish guy down at your LFS who are interested in rearing and can take the excess fry off your hands. It is more difficult to ship seahorse fry to interested parties long distance and the newborns often don’t tolerate long-distance shipping well.
It’s great to hear that your stallion with the pouch gas problems is doing so well and has finally kicked is bad habit of hanging out on your centipede filter return at the top of the tank. You obviously did an excellent job with the pouch flushes and Diamox treatments, Tammy! Keep up the good work!
Best wishes with all your fishes, Tammy! Here’s hoping you can find some surrogate parents to adopt the newborns.
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