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Old 01/28/2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Hippocampus Erectus

Well I think my male is holding. So I'm gearing up for my first attempt at raising seahorses. While I don't expect to be successful the first time out. I am going to give it a go and hope for the best. If nothing else I figure I'll learn what not to do.


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Sterile is not better. Successfully bred: Banggai. Restarting work on Ruby Red dragonets, Blue Mandarins, Davinci Clowns, Pink Skunk Clowns (not mature yet) and Lined Seahorses.

Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/02/2018, 04:23 PM   #2
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hey kiz.... glad to see you back... hows your ummm....erectus doing?...


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Old 02/02/2018, 06:42 PM   #3
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Well right now I'm in a holding pattern.

I've read anything from 15 to 21 days.

I've come up with a plan and I am working on implementing it.

I just hope to be ready when they come.

Due date is anywhere from Tuesday the 6th to Monday the 12th.

Realistically based on reading I'm thinking the 9th to 12th.

Males pouch is still growing but he's up and down on his eating.
The female seems to be loading back up with eggs.


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Sterile is not better. Successfully bred: Banggai. Restarting work on Ruby Red dragonets, Blue Mandarins, Davinci Clowns, Pink Skunk Clowns (not mature yet) and Lined Seahorses.

Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/03/2018, 09:13 PM   #4
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Been a busy week and still working.

ordered and received san francisco brine shrimp. Worked to decapsulate some today.
Ordered bulkhead and diamond drill bit. Hubby drilled a hole in the 29 tall I got from petsmart (thank you dollar / gallon which ended today).

Painted the bottom on the 29 tall and the 20 (refugium) blue to make it easier to see left over food.

Hubby built me a stand.

I'm working on painting it right now.

Ordered some parvocalanus and T-Iso. Even though I have some T-iso with the cost of shipping on copepods I want to make sure I don't run out.

Purchased some oyster eggs, frozen copepods, already have frozen rotifers, ordered some s-strain rots, ramping up my L-strain but still need to build buckets for them. I also have set aside some Tisbe's in algae jars to hopefully make more before the babies come.

If these guys don't live it won't be for lack of me spending money

Though lots of this stuff will help with the mandarins if I can ever get a healthy pair. That's harder than I had thought. And Puff, my dragonface pipefish loves the frozen copepods too. I'm sure he'll love the live ones. Not sure if he can hunt parvo's though. His tank has Tisbe's already.

Really they popped their cork a little early. I have some fish in quarantine and was not done rearranging and getting ready for my next breeding go. But I'm going to give it a whirl. With my luck my hubby's clown fish will finally lay a clutch of eggs. Their old enough but I don't think he feeds enough or something in the tank is eating them before we even see them like a piston shrimp or crab. My LFS is going to try to get me a little girl to go with Puff who is a boy. I'd love a whack or 100 whacks at dragonface pipefish. Puff is just so precious.


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Old 02/04/2018, 09:28 PM   #5
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Almost done with building the fry build. Got the stand built and painted. The top tank is a 29 tall and the bottom is a 20 Long. It has a shelf above to hang a light and to hold thing like nets, turkey baster and food jars for my drip system. Waiting on the PVC glue for the riser piper to dry so that I can fill it and age the water a little before the algae and babies get here.

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Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/07/2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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Well didn't get everything set up. And the live food arrives today but My male decided this morning was his time to release.

I have about 15 fry in a 1/2 gallon jar with some tisbe pods and a few L rotifers in T-iso and nano. I couldn't take today off work so we will see what everything looks like when I get home but tonight is going to be a BUSY night. The first bbs I can feed will be tomorrow morning. But I'll have some parvocalanus tonight hopefully and more rotifers.

I don't know if he'll release more today while I'm gone. He seemed finish but that isn't very many. Which would be good if I can keep most of them alive. A nice small batch to get a system down. This is the jar before I added copepods, rots and algae

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Old 02/07/2018, 06:49 PM   #7
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congrats kiz.... i'm bloody jealous. they look really cute. i love seahorses.
all the best... looking forward to seeing more.


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Old 02/07/2018, 08:15 PM   #8
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Well we will see how it goes. While I was at work I had about 50% losses. I have 2 more that don't look good and I don't think will make it through the night. I know when I left there was lots of food in the jar.

I think the tisbe adults may have jumped on the babies but I looked under the scope and some looked like small bellies others I couldn't tell why they died. I do know do to not being quite ready they have had lots of salinity changes and transfers to new jars.

My parvo's arrived today and I put lots of naupli and adults into the jar, I strained the tisbe's and only put in things smaller than 200 microns. I put in some s-strain rotifers and t-iso. Tomorrow morning the bbs should be hatched so I can try adding some of those.

I've also read they sometimes release more than one day so maybe I'll get a few more since today was so few.


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Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/08/2018, 06:45 AM   #9
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Well wash rinse repeat. Not sure what happened but they didn't make it through the night. I'm sure I'll get more to play with soon enough. Then I'll have a better setup.

10,000 ways not to make a light bulb right?


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Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/13/2018, 09:25 PM   #10
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So looks like the male is holding again. And I just put Mandarins in quarantine in my larva tank. Last time was 16 days I'm not sure when he started packing but I think he'll pop from 24th to the 28th.


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Old 02/14/2018, 05:40 PM   #11
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thats cool kiz... keep trying and youll get it...ive got faith in you.


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