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January 14, 2006 at 8:36 pm #726hooze1Member
Hello to all-I\’m worried that my Mustang and Yellow Brazilero pairs are going to hurt themselves. They have been alternating pregnancies every couple of weeks and I\’m already up to my neck in fry(the erectus fry are doing great!/no luck with the redi)). Is there a way to keep them from going off like cannons every few weeks? Should I cull the unused fry to keep the main tank clean? Or am I worried over nothing? I really enjoy trying to raise seahorses, but my office already looks like a laboratory and my wife is worried I\’ll burn the house down if I set up one more tank. Thanks for all the great info.
Post edited by: hooze1, at: 2006/01/14 16:00January 15, 2006 at 1:22 am #2241LeslieGuest
Congratulations on the fry you have that are doing well.
Yes indeed you can do something to discourage breeding. You can manipulate environmental conditions. Try shortening the photo period and lowering the temp a bit. Increasing the surface tension with a pump return directed across the surface, so the water really ripples, this will make an egg transfer less likely.
You do not have to raise the fry. I know several folks who do not. Instead of culling them you could offer them to other hobbyists who might like a chance at raising fry.
LeslieJanuary 15, 2006 at 11:40 pm #2242hooze1Guest
Thanks Leslie- I’ll try your suggestions. I’m just worried, that as a relative beginner, I’ll mess the whole thing up. For instance, I read somewhere that the pros move the pregnant male into a fry tank, so all the babies would be born already in the right tank. Big mistake for me. The male erectus freaked out and wouldn’t eat for a few days (much less have his fry) after I moved him to a tiny tank. Also by scrambling to put a knee-high over the outlet pipe I almost caused an overnight overflow. The main thing right now is to keep Bonnie & Clyde (Mustangs), and Ike & Tina (Redi) alive and well. I do appreciate your time-what a fun hobby we have.
PS. I look at your pictures alot!
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