Monday, 27 August 2012

Another Expensive Hobby!

Well, my penchant for taking photo's is just getting a bit silly now.  I'm finding that I'm taking photo's almost everyday with varying degree's of success.  If I'm honest, I kind of get it and I kind of don't.  I'm thinking about taking a photography class as I would love to have much better pictures of the seahorses than I have previously done.  At the same time, I don't want to bore you all with pictures!

I know its wrong to have favourites, but this little guy/gal is really standing out against the others for me at the moment.  I know its wrong to like seahorses for their colour, but this one is a super pretty popcorn colour.  Its quite shy so taking pictures is opportunistic rather than anything else.

Urgh! The glass looks doesn't matter how much I clean it, the camera will always show up the bits I missed....sorry!
Prior to this little girl (I'll call her that for now as no signs of a pouch), I did have another favourite.  She was a beautiful brick red colour but sadly I lost her after she became caught up in one of the hitches.  I'm usually very careful about picking hitches to go in the fry tanks as heads become trapped quite easily.  So, if you are looking for hitches for small seahorses, make sure that they are flexible or don't have any areas that form a Y shape.

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Power to the People!

Following my last post, I thought I should update with recent developments.  After being contacted by a number of people about their recommendations, the company in question have decided to work with a seahorse expert in order to provide better information and make improvements.  

Well done, to you both for working together to make a difference!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Commercial Sellers Ripping People Off

I have recently been alerted to a new commercial seller of seahorse systems.  These people are selling seahorses and aquariums as one package.  They deliver the tank, and send the seahorses a few weeks later once the tank has cycled.  Sounds great, right?  Wrong!  The tanks that they are supplying are either 8 gallons or 16 gallons depending on whether you want 2 seahorses or 8.  It might be one thing if they were selling H.zosterae, but this place is supplying H.erectus; a seahorse that can very easily grow to 8 inches.

To anyone reading my blog; if you come across such a company that says that this kind of environment is OK for any of the larger species of seahorse, please keep your money and find somewhere else.  

I am absolutely shocked by this and consider it nothing short of animal cruelty.

I normally recommend that a pair of H.erectus should be kept in nothing short of a 30 gallon tank, or 25 gallons at a push.  Recommending a tank half this size for 4 is outrageous!

Edit:  It seems that I am not the only person concerned with this.  FusedJaw have also written a very detailed article.  You can read it here

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