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Finally ready for dwarves! (Almost)

« posted: 1 year ago »
Okay so it's been over a year since my original inquiries on here about seahorses, and in that time I've learned a lot.
My two issues now are with the tank...
First off, is there anywhere I can get SMALL quantities of sand? I don't need even a 5 pound bag, let alone the 20 pound that everyone sells. I'll do it if I have to, but would much prefer not to have all that extra sand laying around.
Second is the heater. Are there any small adjustable heaters? The preset one I've been testing out keeps the water too warm.
All help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
Personally I don't use a heater because my home doesn't go below 68F for more than a few hours and only on the extremely cold nights (like outdoors lower than 15F to 18F). I run the house at 68F from 7 am til 12 am and the tanks are usually just a bit warmer than that due to lights/equipment, so in the seven hours when the house cools off, the tank does so a bit more slowly.
Haven't had a problem in 13 yrs now anyway.
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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Unfortunately my house gets much colder than that, and the tanks get very cold, so I'll have to use one.
It's that the very low end temp for dwarves?
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
What size is your tank? Really small tanks make it difficult to find reliable heaters and small tanks also heat up and cool down faster as well.  Some LFS sell sand by the lb and that is what I would do. There are plenty of small heaters for tiny FW planted tanks that have shrimp and tiny fish so that's what I would look for. Don't expect the cheapest one to do the job though.

Good luck with your dwarves. They are not all that active but really cute in an itty bitty way :-).
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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
What size is your tank? Really small tanks make it difficult to find reliable heaters and small tanks also heat up and cool down faster as well.  Some LFS sell sand by the lb and that is what I would do. There are plenty of small heaters for tiny FW planted tanks that have shrimp and tiny fish so that's what I would look for. Don't expect the cheapest one to do the job though.

Good luck with your dwarves. They are not all that active but really cute in an itty bitty way :-).

It's either going to be a 2.5 or 5.5, I have both but haven't decided yet. Actually trying to get a heater and see how it works in each one to make my decision.
There are no LFSs where I live. The only pet store here is petsmart, unfortunately.
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
Unfortunately my house gets much colder than that, and the tanks get very cold, so I'll have to use one.
It's that the very low end temp for dwarves?

I don't know the lowest temperature but I've had mine go down to the low 60s and not bat an eye. I don't believe they've ever gone below 60.

I think in your shoes I'd opt for the 5.5 gallon for stability. Dwarf seahorses can live in a small aquarium, but I'm coming to appreciate that more space is better if you can keep the food density high.

On that note, I'd also consider growing some copepods. Having them on hand is really a great way to supplement the diet of dwarf seahorses. My recommendation would be apocyclops panamensis - they are one of the few pelagic copepods that can be grown on pastes, so you don't need to do the whole thing where you are growing phytoplankton.
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« Reply #6 posted: 1 year ago »
To answer your question about sand, I think you're stuck with a 5lbs bag as the smallest size. I'd either as around your local club and see if any have sand that they can spare - or buy a 5lbs bag and sell the rest on craigslist.
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« Reply #7 posted: 1 year ago »
I've decided to go with the 5.5 after a few days of testing the same heaters in different tanks. The 5.5 stays really stable (althought we'll see how it does in the summer) and almost always at 74, 73 in the morning/evening and maybe 75 rarely.
As for copepods, I have an 8g biocube set up and QTing some macro (which is another story in inself) and I literally do nothing to it for days until I remember to drop a few pellets in. Just today I noticed the glass (which is coverd in algae) is also absolutely swarming with copepods. I'm not sure what kind they are, but they don't appear to be swimmers.
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