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Blue Zoo says seahorses eat pellets and can live in a reef tank.

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To say I am livid is an understatement. Someone kindly forwarded me a sale email from Blue Zoo Aquatic indicating that seahorses can be kept in reefs, with tangs, and will eat pellets. I am just astonished that they would be so irresponsible. I'm about to send off an email to their customer service, but this is ridiculous; I can't imagine the number of seahorses that are going to die because of well meaning but misinformed customers. They probably purchased more stock than they can sell and are scrambling. Or maybe they're just unethical. Here is the body of
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With Father's Day approaching, we thought we would talk about a particularly good dad in the world of fish. The award, of course, goes to the majestic Seahorse.
 
Male Seahorses carry the eggs deposited by the female in a special pouch on the front of their abdomen for 9-45 days. Even though it is still the female that lays the eggs, the eggs themselves attach to the inner walls of the male's pouch and become surrounded by a spongy substance. The male then provides the eggs with nutrition as they develop which actually puts quite a strain on the metabolism of the Seahorse. This is very similar to a human female carrying a baby. Once the eggs hatch inside the pouch, the baby Seahorses are expelled and the male's role in the reproductive cycle is finished.
 
In honor of Father's Day coming up, we have stocked-up heavily on two species of Seahorses; the Tiger Tail  Seahorse (Hippocampus comes) and the Tank Raised Orange/Yellow Seahorse (Hippocampus reidii). Both of these award winning Fishie Fathers are on sale while supplies last.
 
Over the years, we have talked quite a bit about the specialized husbandry needed to keep Seahorses in captivity. If you would like a refresher, click here. One of the things that has never been talked about though is the ease of keeping the larger species, like the reidii, in community reef tanks. The tank raised ones are even easier to keep. Some of the issues that make keeping Seahorses in community situations difficult are simply not present with these 3"-4" individuals.
 
The larger Seahorses, especially the Tank Raised ones, will accept larger foods like frozen adult brine shrimp or even pellet foods. You will just need to make sure they get enough to eat by target feeding the area of the aquarium they tend to hang out in. The larger individuals are also much stronger so water flow, and you should have lots of strong water flow in a reef tank, does not bother them.
 
The only thing these larger Seahorses need is peaceful tank mates, which really includes most "reef safe" fish and inverts. Even tangs will be fine with this type of Seahorse  as long as space requirements are met for each animal. So, even though you may have stayed away from Seahorses before because you did not want to set up a dedicated tank for them, make sure to take another look at the Hippocampus reidii. A truly wonderful father AND a wonderful addition to any peaceful community reef tank.
 
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Also, don't forget about our rewards program, where every livestock order over $200 includes your choice of a free animal (up to a $100 value)! In addition, as always, all livestock orders of $140 or more qualify for FREE shipping.
 
We hope you enjoy!

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It's all about the snick!
I've never, ever seen a seahorse eat a pellet, or heard of it happening accidentally. That's dumb. Who writes this crap?
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I don't know, but I can't think of even the worst fish stores saying that. Or that tangs are okay? I've posted to their facebook page, and emailed both their customer service address, and "mark@bluezooaquatics.com" which was who was listed as the from address.

Below is a screenshot of the emails. None of the pictures are showing, but I assume it's because it's been forwarded a couple times.
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I'd not heard of Blue Zoo, so went and had a look at their site...... They have a Guarantee restriction on the Seahorses as follows ....

Guarantee Restriction:

All of our livestock has a guarantee to arrive alive. However for this species we cannot offer a guarantee beyond arrival for one or more reasons outlined below.

Some species do not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to mal nutrition.

Oh! That will be because they know damned well that the horses they sell are gonna die because they've basically said in their email newsletter that you can just chuck them in your reef tank with whatever is in their and then lob them some pellets .... Well, duh .... Yeah they are gonna starve to death!!! If they are not picked off by something else first !  Anything for a quick buck, huh?
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Oh my god  >:( >:( >:(
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It would seem to me, that due to the mechanics of how seahorses snick and macerate their food, snicking a pellet that hasn't been soften, could potentially cause trauma.  Some irritation and/or edema could easily lead to a secondary infection. 

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 :'( SHAME SHAME SHAME  on these people....How can they even call themselves a Zoo, when a Zoo would protect animals, not kill them. Is there anything we can do? Can we call them. I haven't even checked out their site yet...this is totally irresponsible. I would call that false advertising and sue them? How about that? ::)
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Hi,

They say that if you spend $200 or more you can have a free animal,what on earth will they give??

Is there anyway you could put an e-mail onto there site and say what a load of crap they are saying.Why are they only selling males (i know its fathers day ) when it was mothers day, did they only sell females.

I get so cross when i see these stupid things posted its the most stupidest thing i have read in a long time
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I didn't even consider injury,  but Dan is right..  Even if you could get them eating pellets,  injury is a huge risk. I have some semi most ones,  I tried them (just curious because erectus are such piggies) and I think they look too much like poop,  so they barely glanced at them. But most pellets are not the norm,  most are hard,  really hard.

Sue, their email is customerservics@bluezooaquatics.com.  I haven't gotten a response to my email.  Their facebook page is http://facebook.com/bluezooaquatics

No response on that front either.
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It's all about the snick!
about 15 years ago when there was not the variety of frozen and fresh foods available for seahorses a place in the UK reckoned that they had trained seahorses to eat flake food but it needed to be mixed up with a food that was in a gel form,needless to say the poor seahorses didnt survive.but i thought that because we have  frozen and live mysis and other frozen foods available they would not need to try to push unsuitable foods.
I don't know what to say about this.  I feel I should be shocked or surprised, but I'm not.  There always seems to be a prominent source of information willing to give out bad advice.  Interesting that they don't mention anything about this on their actual website. Urgh!  I've liked your comment on FB....I think the more people who do this, the more others reading the site will realize its a valid comment.
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Hi,

Thanks for giveing me there adderss,i have sent a e-male saying just what i thought of thier advice,couldnt do facebook as i am not a facebook fan.
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I left links on their facebook page answering the crazy things they were saying so hopefully people will see it and realize that seahorses cannot eat pellets, live in a reef tank or with tangs...don't know if it helps any, but maybe they will see it and at least do some research themselves???
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I saw your facebook posts! Good job! Even if it dissuades one ill-prepared person from getting seahorses, then it's a win.

I'm still just surprised their tact is to ignore it. I wonder if business is doing badly and they're having essentially a fire sale. I mean, they always had a good reputation in the past. Though in fairness, I never heard from someone who got their seahorses from them.
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I have gone back, and not seen any answers to facebook posts from them. I find that so strange, even from people asking questions about a purchase. It really makes a person wonder what kind of online store is it?
I found a few people who bought some fish from them, at first they were happy, but not so much after a few days...some of the fish died, which can happen anywhere, they didn't give the $$ back, but they did give a credit. Honestly, that don't cut it for me, especially when you're dealing with online and paying shipping. But I guess it's better then nothing. Didn't see any seahorse sale's though. I couldn't even find any seahorse's for sale the other day when I went there, so who know's maybe they are going our of business?
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