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PostSubject: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 1:00 pm

so i was wondering about sea horses because i have the 20 gallon reef tank thats not really a reef because theres only one coral and i was wondering if any one has sea horses and how hard they are to care for and could i make a micro algea forest type thing and keep them in it.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 1:53 pm

From what I understand, a nano reef type of invironment is the best for them. Somethng small, and I think you have to put their food close to them. I was told not to put sea horses in my 75 gallon with other fish because they wouldn't be able to get to the food. So a low to no competition for food is what you're aiming for. Not sure what they eat though. I wanted to set up a nano reef with some seahorses and call it the OK coral heehee yes I know I am a dork
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 2:50 pm

Sea horses are specialty feeders wich is one of the biggest pain about them.They also require pristine water quality as they are susceptible to infections and weakened immune systems from degraded water.Also low flow and nothing that can sting,pinch,or other wise cause damage to the little guys.Now on the food,I have had some that wont eat anything but live foods at first so if you are going to purchase one and have your tanks nitrates and all other perameters in check make sure that the seahorse is eating in the shop and know what they are feeding it. You can usual get them to eat frozen mysis shrimps and brine shrimps but not always.As morgan has stated they suck at hunting food for the most part so it has to be either abundant or target fed with a baster or pipet for best results.Usualy if you have abundant food you have bad water quality so its a fine line without proper skimming of the system.Also not all seahorses are as eay to keep as the next so do your research on the seahorses you are looking at. I know I had a couple of kudas for a while and they where much easier to keep than the dwarfs but still a pain as far as feeding everyday and making sure each one ate his share...I am a coral man so needles to say I no longer have my tedious seahorses or my sun corals.Dont get me wrong they are well worth it with there beauty but I have so much to do already.Hope this helps you out.ask more if you want.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

i figured that they couldnt have much competion so i guess i will have to sell my clown and blue green chromes. for the high quality water would a uv sterilizer help keep it good because i found a oceanic bio cube uv sterilzer at petco thats on clearence from 80 bucks to 17 and ya i know petco is terrible but its a pretty good price for it. and is it possible to start a culture of mysis shrimp or brine shrimp to feed them.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 4:53 pm

That's an awesome price for a uv sterilizer, but it (having a sterilizer) seems a bit overkill. Especially if you're only having seahorses and macro algae. The algae will keep your water pretty clean. But I am not a highly trained professional. So I may be full of beans. Lol
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 5:35 pm

so i think i will get the sterilizer just because its really cheap and it cant hurt to have it there
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 5:43 pm

At the Oregon coast aquarium, they have a feeder filled with mysis shrimp that the seahorses wrap their tails around and hang out on. It's pretty cute. It looked easy to make. Like a plastic tube type thing, with some holes drilled into it, filled with food. I dunno, just a thought.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 5:56 pm

okay cool i will look in to a feeder similar to that and post the blue prints if i find one.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Wed May 15, 2013 11:24 pm

so i looked around i couldnt seem to find any good misis cultures does anybody have one or know how to make one. and does anybody have any of the nicer micro algea they could spare or sell even trade.
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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Sat May 18, 2013 1:11 am

Well....as I said earlier I am willing to supply you with some grape macro and chaetomorpha. I had brought some at the coral hobbyist get together badxgillen hosted...along with the fuzzy shroom.....

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PostSubject: Re: sea horses   Mon May 20, 2013 3:31 am

You should just buy a small thing of brine shrimp eggs from the animal house.They are like 5 bucks and last a long time.You can just use some tank water from your salt and an air pump to hatch them out.look up hatching brine shrimps its not hard...just tedious.
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