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09/06/2015, 11:30 PM
Hey guys looking to buy 5 seahorses to go with my current one if anyone has some for sale please comment or message me a price with shipping this is what my current one looks like


09/07/2015, 06:47 AM
I would really recommend buying more from the same source as your present one is from.
Many times when mixing seahorses from different sources, problems occur leading to the deaths of one or more of those mixed.
You might also be better to slow down a bit in your progress if they are to go into the 75g you recently got a few weeks ago.
As your dwarf experiences started in June, it's a bit fast to go to six erectus seahorses with the limited experience you appear to have.
Also, if you had to give up your dwarfs to go to Hawaii, how do you pan on looking after the erectus seahorses when you go away again?

09/07/2015, 01:30 PM
Ray my expierence is well known about these fish as i have read up on them for a couple years i plan on having them all eating frozen and then having pods on a regular basis reproducing to keep things going. The hawaii trip was a once in a life time deal and probablly wont be happening again for a while and by then the tank will have enough pods and be on frozen to help with the care. The dwarfs were not able to be on frozen or trained due to there size they need to have live. As for buying from the same sourse the seller i got they never order seahorses it just happened to come in on there order and got it for 10$

09/07/2015, 01:31 PM
If you have any more questions feel free to direct message me. I apologize if sound like an *** hole but i hate people judging before knowing

09/07/2015, 05:10 PM
What he's telling you is good advice. Reading about a species' needs and keeping them are two separate things - I can tell you from firsthand experience breeding and raising discus that all the books in the world won't prepare you for the challenges.

You might want to ask the more experienced seahorse folks on the forum whether it's appropriate to keep 6 6" seahorses in a 75 gallon. I can tell you first-hand that there's little chance of a 100 gallon system producing sufficient pods to feed just one mandarin dragonet, so it might not be possible to expect your tank to produce enough food for 6 seahorses, either, if they won't wean onto frozen Mysis. Not all individual fish can make the leap to eating frozen foods, even though the species as a whole will.

09/07/2015, 06:21 PM
Not expecting them to jump immediately to frozen i know its a process. I have done discus and breeding them also. Im not expecting to have them reproduce in same system plan on running a separate tank then grabbing a bbs net and using that

09/07/2015, 10:40 PM
I don't like to use direct messaging as it limits who can see the information.
By posting things, many others can make use of the discussions that arise thereby maybe negating the need for them to get the same information in a separate thread of their own.
I have learned a lot just reading other hobbyist's postings over the years, here and on seahorse.org.
Having been involved with seahorses now for 13 years, but having studied their needs for a couple of years prior to that after being into reefing in a BIG way, I feel confident in telling you that the odds are that you don't REALLY know what you are getting into it. While there is the possibility, it is slim.
I've been a member of seahorse.org now since April 02 and that site was an offspring of another one no longer going now, but between those two sites, and this one, I've seen enough postings to know that most people only THINK they know what they are getting into.
It started with me after a couple of years of researching coupled with my vast reefing experiences I figured I should have no big problems with seahorses.
It certainly wasn't long before I realized I was wrong, and over time just how wrong I was. Unfortunately, I survived but not all my seahorses did.
Now, as for mixing the seahorses, it is probably wise to go through the deworming protocol before doing any mixing, to lessen the problems you may have when you do actually mix some. It is a 3 drug 9 week program that tries to minimize the pathogens that may be transferred from the one you have to the ones you will get.
You don't even know if it was true captive bred, or tank raised or net pen raised which increases the odds of failure upon mixing.
Pretty well ALL seahorses bought these days in North America are trained to eat frozen foods before they are sold. That goes even for the tank raised and net pen raised ones also.
True captive bred ones would be those raised in waters that have been properly treated and filtered for pathogens, or have been raised in commercial salt water like the ones I raise using I.O..
The ones that need to be trained to eat frozen are wild caught specimens in which many can be trained but sometimes it just won't work and they need live food exclusively. Fortunately there are very few of these around in the last few years in North America other than those caught by the keepers themselves who gather from along the coast.
You say your experience about seahorses is well known, but by whom? There is no indication of such extensive knowledge in any of your postings on this site so how would I know?
You don't sound like you are an ***hole, but I do feel that you sound like you are overconfident and quite young.
I still recommend going slower and if you manage to keep a pair of erectus alive for 8-12 months then you will be much more likely to succeed with larger numbers in the tank.
Remember, that when we make a mistake in this hobby, all we are out is financially related, but the seahorses can loose their lives.
Please do more research here and on the "org" before you go any further, and get the opinions of others as it definitely is a hobby with many approaches to success.