View Full Version : Seahorses everywhere!

03-18-2009, 1:40 PM
My seahorses just had babies, crazy stuff! Woke up this morning and found 12 pin-sized guys scooting all over the place! Any advice? I'm starting them on roti's and plan on going over to mysis.

03-18-2009, 1:41 PM
Wow! Congrats!

Son of Adam
03-18-2009, 2:04 PM
I bet Bobz could help.

03-18-2009, 2:05 PM
Congrats and good luck with them :)

03-18-2009, 2:09 PM
This is out of my scope of experience! I haven't tried seahorses yet. Matt Wittenrich's book has an excellent section of seahorses. Just browsing the material it looks like he suggests greenwater in the rearing tank. For feeding, rotifers for first 7 days, newly hatched brine shrimp and rotifers from day 8 to day 18, enriched NHBS from day 18 to 26, followed by a weaning diet. Hope that is helpful!


03-18-2009, 2:20 PM
Sounds like a plan! Thanks

03-18-2009, 6:04 PM
found a few more in the sump, we'll see how my first attempt at this goes. I have them all in a 10 gallon now, all sides are covered so no light goes through, and I picked up some roti-feast.

03-18-2009, 6:06 PM
Nice way to wake up in the morning! Good luck with them.

03-18-2009, 6:56 PM
Good luck! Keep us posted on how they do.

03-18-2009, 7:18 PM
Too cool!

03-18-2009, 8:05 PM
That is really really cool. I hope they do well!

03-18-2009, 8:07 PM
That is really really cool! What type of seahorse?

03-18-2009, 8:21 PM
If you are successful and want to raise more I have 2 pairs that pop out babies almost weekly so good luck. They are very challenging.

03-20-2009, 10:03 PM
Congratulations kurt!!!!!!! whos going to name them all?

03-20-2009, 10:10 PM
WOW. They are itty bitty. Can't wait to see them grow. Congrats, grandpa. haha.

03-23-2009, 7:54 PM
thats great, good luck raising them.

03-23-2009, 8:12 PM
very cool!!! Good luck with raising them.

Ralph ATL
03-23-2009, 8:13 PM
Awesome! Try

03-23-2009, 8:33 PM
My first attempt (and hopefully not my last) was a failure. Due to a heater malfunction, the little ponies didn't make it. Will try again using my RKE to control the temp next time around. At least I'll be a little more prepared when the day comes. The male was chasing the female around the next day, and continue at the same time daily ;p. Thanks for the comments.

03-23-2009, 8:36 PM
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about your losses! Good luck with the next batch. I'm sure you'lll be prepared next time!

03-23-2009, 8:39 PM
I had seahorses a few years ago, but never any young. I did research things a bit back then. Since that time many have raised the seahorse in captivity. However in the old days I remember that seahorses have a very fast digestive system. I was told the needed food every hour, maybe that was just the babies though.

The babies would eat freshly hatched brine shrimp which are pretty easy to hatch out. Smear then on the side of the glass and they will get them. I have seen that part done by others for baby guppies.

Good luck!

04-16-2009, 3:38 PM
Round 2! At least 50 of the little suckers swimming everywhere this morning.

Instead of using another tank for the fry, I'm just going to slow down the flow in the tank with the parents (theres a pair of percs, and a pair of harlequin shrimp so nothing bothers them), and placing filter floss into the overflow so the little buggers don't go for a ride into my sump. I'm probably running 200 gallons an hour now. Makes it easier knowing that my temperature is stable, and every little bit of water gets zapped by 40 watts of UV. I'm glad I still have rotifers from the first attempt. Wish me luck ;p

04-16-2009, 3:41 PM
Please do keep us posted!

04-16-2009, 3:42 PM
Wow thats great. Where did you get your seahorses originally if you dont mind me asking?

04-16-2009, 3:44 PM
I purchased these from Tim at Keen Reef. I believe they were from ORA.

04-16-2009, 3:56 PM
Pics of them zipping around my tank, and a fts with a camera phone (sorry about the quality, it's the only thing I have) and a couple recent pics of the setup.

04-16-2009, 4:02 PM
Very cool!! Good luck with this batch.

Ralph ATL
04-16-2009, 4:51 PM
Very cool

04-17-2009, 8:54 AM
Great! I have a seahorse tank ready to go - been preparing it for months and all the numbers are good.

When you get ready to re-home/sell them, I'm ready. I'll wait to buy mine til yours are ready if you're going to sell them.

Good luck!

04-17-2009, 8:58 AM
Congrats!! Good luck this time around!