Thursday, 9 September 2010

New Charges!

A few months ago, we were lucky enough to be asked to help out a fellow "seahorser" who was no longer able to care for his remaining seahorse.

I had been toying with the idea of getting more of this particular species, but due to a disastrous attempt at keeping them several years back, I had been struggling to take the plunge.  Thanks to Mark, my decision was made for me, and along came Coral...

Coral is an H.zosterae, otherwise known as a dwarf seahorse.  At around 1inch, she has now most likely reached her adult size and is one of the smallest species of seahorses that there are, however we know of at least one other species of seahorse that is smaller than dwarf seahorses.  Thankfully, these are not available for the home aquarists.

One of the difficulties with keeping dwarf seahorses is their constant requirement for live food, and for this there is no substitute.  Thankfully, as we have been used to the hatching of brineshrimp and keeping of various different zooplankton cultures, this isn't too much of a problem for us.

This week, I was surprised with 2 friends for Coral which were accompanied by a pair of sexy shrimps.

So we now have 2 girls and 1 boy.....and as dwarf seahorses are well known for reproducing in the aquarium, here's keeping my fingers crossed for many many more ;)

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