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July 14, 2008 at 11:58 am #1492CathjimMember
Our pregnant male seahorse died today, we don\’t know why, he was eating well last night chasing down food, even doing his little mating dance with his partner. changing colour and frisking around. All the indicators (Ph etc) in the tank are normal. I am concerned about his female partner, should we get her a new mate or will she be ok on her own for a while?
Am very sad about my big boy 🙁
Just an update she has lost some of her colour in the last few hours. She is an erectus and usually black but now patches of white on her head and her body is a browny colour rather than black.
Post edited by: Cathjim, at: 2008/07/14 12:27
Today she is sort of translucent, her tail is still darkish, she is doing the same things she always did, gently hanging on in her favourite spot
Post edited by: Cathjim, at: 2008/07/15 01:07July 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm #4327Pete GiwojnaGuest
I’m very sorry you lost your pregnant male and the young that he was carrying! All my condolences on your losses, Cathi!
A widowed seahorse certainly can be traumatized by the loss of its mate. But although it can be stressful for a pair-bonded seahorse to lose its partner, and they may go off their feed for a while as a result, a widowed seahorses doesn’t normally go on a hunger strike and starve itself to death, or die of a broken heart or loneliness, or anything of that nature.
So there is no need to rush right out and obtain another male in order to keep your female company. I cannot even venture to guess what may have befallen your pregnant male when he was so frisky and flirtatious and eating well the night before, but it’s possible that some sort of disease process may have been involved. Right now you should just concentrate on maintaining optimum water quality and keeping a close eye on your female for any symptoms that might indicate a possible problem.
If you are concerned about your solo seahorse becoming lonely by herself, you might consider taping a mirror up against the aquarium glass where she can get a good look at herself. Seahorses will often interact with their own reflections in the aquarium glass, so having a mirror-image seahorse that moves in response to his own actions can be very reassuring for a single seahorse and perk up the isolated individual dramatically. It’s an effective technique for a situation like yours and can fool the lonely seahorse into thinking he or she is still in the presence of other seahorses.
In short, I think I would give the old mirror trick a try before I introduced in another seahorse to your aquarium at this time. Let’s make sure that your female is 100% healthy and is not going to be affected by what ever affliction or accident may have befallen your male before you replace her mate.
If you read through my responses to the post on this page titled "New seahorse owner crisis," you will find a good discussion of the sort of things that can stress a seahorse and make it susceptible to disease. Please read through that discussion thread and make sure that none of those stressors are at work at this time in your seahorse tank.
Once assured that your female is going to remain healthy and that there is nothing amiss in your seahorse tank that might be stressful to your seahorses, Cathi, you can start thinking about obtaining another male to pair with your lonely female.
Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech SupportJuly 16, 2008 at 6:13 am #4328CathjimGuest
thank you for all that lovely advice, I have put a mirror in which has fascinated her we are thinking of changing her name!! I went out and bought fresh brine shrimp, and she has shown more interest in food than when the male was around, hunting them down like he used to. She has changed colour so maybe she changed originally to match the male. So far so good.
Once again thanks, have read lots of your information you guys are very generous with your time and knowledge and not scare mongers like a lot of sites on aquariums. There is no way we are not coming to see you when we are in Hawaii next.
🙂July 18, 2008 at 1:54 am #4331Pete GiwojnaGuest
Thank you for the update. It’s good to hear that your lonely female has regained her appetite and seems to be feeling more like her old self again. The mirror trick usually has a positive affect on widowers and often helps to snap them out of their funk. It is comforting and reassuring for them to see their mirror image, which moves when they move and seems to respond to their actions. It makes them feel like they’re still in the presence of another seahorse and not all alone.
I agree, the next time you get a chance to visit Hawaii, you should definitely make a point of touring the Ocean Rider seahorse farm. That’s something that every seahorse keeper would find utterly fascinating, and I’m sure it would be one of the highlights of your trip.
Best wishes with all your fishes, Cathi!
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