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pfan151
02/29/2016, 09:33 AM
Right now I have a few nassarius snails and a few blue leg hermits. I try to minimize the amount of mysis leftover in the tank after feeding but it seems pretty unavoidable to have some. Will a fighting conch eat the mysis? I am trying to avoid any shrimp because I don't want to have to deal with them stealing the food before the seahorses have a chance.

vlangel
02/29/2016, 11:09 AM
Right now I have a few nassarius snails and a few blue leg hermits. I try to minimize the amount of mysis leftover in the tank after feeding but it seems pretty unavoidable to have some. Will a fighting conch eat the mysis? I am trying to avoid any shrimp because I don't want to have to deal with them stealing the food before the seahorses have a chance.
Have you tried a feeding dish? I use a small jelly jar and an acrylic tube. That way I can put the tube in the jelly jar and use a turkey baster to squirt the mysis down the tube into the jelly jar. It did not take my seahorses very long to realize when I put the tube in the aquarium that dinner is forth coming. When the ponies finish eating then I can suck the remaining food out of the tank.

pfan151
02/29/2016, 11:40 AM
Have you tried a feeding dish? I use a small jelly jar and an acrylic tube. That way I can put the tube in the jelly jar and use a turkey baster to squirt the mysis down the tube into the jelly jar. It did not take my seahorses very long to realize when I put the tube in the aquarium that dinner is forth coming. When the ponies finish eating then I can suck the remaining food out of the tank.

Working on trying that. They're not there yet though. I might just have to let them get a little hungry. Right now I've been pretty much spot feeding them wherever they are in the tank. They won't really come to the food at this point. They are eating mysis well but once it hits the sand they seem to lose interest unless they are hitched right at the bottom of the tank.

BlueCat1949
03/02/2016, 08:24 AM
The feeding station is the way to go.

What species do you have and are they captive bred?

Most horses are attracted by movement so once they see the food coming down the tube they will head to the dish. Be sure they have good places to hitch around the dish and they will start hanging around there when they know it's chow time.

pfan151
03/02/2016, 10:28 AM
They are captive bred Erectus. The goal is to get them used to the feeding station but right now they only will eat if the food passes within a few inches of them. They don't seem willing to leave their hitches to go after food. I'm hoping that will change soon. Maybe I should just let them go without food for a day to get them more motivated to eat the following day? They are probably still adjusting. I've only had them a few weeks.

iluvmyfishes
03/02/2016, 12:05 PM
They are probably used to feeding in the early morning when they are most active, try watching them to see when they hunt and feed then.

pfan151
03/03/2016, 02:01 PM
They are probably used to feeding in the early morning when they are most active, try watching them to see when they hunt and feed then.

Unfortunately I'm not home in the mornings. I run the light cycle from 1pm to midnight. I feed a few mysis every hour or so from about 5 pm when I get home until lights out. They seem to eat more aggressively between about 10pm until lights out.

iluvmyfishes
03/06/2016, 01:09 AM
You don't need to feed them every hour. Try 3 times with the last time around 10.

rayjay
03/06/2016, 09:37 AM
IMO, feeding every hour though will closer approximate the way the seahorses eat in the wild. As they have no stomach as such, they feed slowly and continually throughout the day.

CritterHeaven
03/16/2016, 09:20 AM
Often is best for sure. But most people cannot really manage that with work schedules etc. If you can do three times that is pretty decent.