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Alyssa's Seahorse Hatchery

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Expecting babies from this lovely pair of Erectus seahorses any day! I think we are going to have Thanksgiving Turkey babies. Their last brood was over 800 fry! Any guesses on how many this time?



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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
I have been on here for a little while and want to introduce myself to those who do not know me. My name is Alyssa and my fiance is Kyle. We started our seahorse hatchery, Seahorse Savvy, about a year and a half ago. We have been keeping seahorses for over 3 years now.

I took a bunch of photos of our setup last night to share with everyone. It is a work in progress and keeps us very busy nonetheless, but we love it! Currently we are working with Erectus, Reidi and we have also produced some Reidi x Erectus hybrids. We are planning on working with other species in the future.

Feel free to ask any questions.

Hatcheries for younger fry.




75 gallon grow-out aquariums for Juveniles.


Broodstock barrels for breeding pairs.




90 gallon hatchery where we will be putting our next brood.

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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Photos of some of our current seahorse fry.





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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
Some of our Erectus seahorse Juveniles!













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Some of our current Reidi x Erectus Hybrid seahorses.




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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
Photos of our breeders.





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« Reply #6 posted: 1 year ago »
Sorry for the photo overload, we are excited to share;).
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« Reply #7 posted: 1 year ago »
Oh, no picture overload! Please, post as many pictures as you can! They are absolutely stunning! They look amazing. I'm so glad to see another seahorse breeding operation! There are too few, and there needs to be more like you, especially considering the problem with the tiny overseas tank raised seahorses we see so often.

Great job! Looks like you have a setup that is doing things right!
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« Reply #8 posted: 1 year ago »
Hi Alyssa, my name is Dawn and that is quite the operation you and Kyle have going.  I think your seahorses are beautiful and I really enjoyed looking at your pics.  And yes, it looks like you very well might have seahorse fry to add to your thanksgiving celebration! 
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« Reply #9 posted: 1 year ago »
Welcome! I love picture's, you can never post too many! 😉 love all the yellow!!! And your purple tinged beauty!  I second Tami glad to have more captive bred, so people can enjoy healthy seahorses and stop taking from the ocean. Your set up look great. And your show tank is Amazing!!!!!
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« Reply #10 posted: 1 year ago »
Thank you for the kind words Dawn, Tami, and Laura. I definitely think tomorrow will be the day for this next brood. Today is day 17 of his pregnancy, I saw them transfer eggs the same day their last brood was born. They have been on a roll! She is very plump with eggs so it looks they will be trying again after this brood. This is one of our pairs of wild Erectus seahorses we brought in last spring to add genetic diversity to our broodstock. They just started producing fry in the past month and a half. I'm excited to see what the babies will look like when they are bigger, patiently waiting.

We recently moved and are in the process of getting our display aquarium back up and running. It is a 250 gallon aquarium and we are making it an in wall aquarium. We have been building a new stand and getting things ready. In the mean time the live coral and sponges are in a holding tank and the seahorses who use to be in the display are in one of our breeding systems. It's still going to be a little while before we have this system back up and running but I will definitely post some photos when we are further along.
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« Reply #11 posted: 1 year ago »
Everything looks professional, clean and the yellow ones look great. Your breeders are beefy and it looks like you have chosen your stock carefully. I am not keen on hybrids but I guess it is just me as other people have them as well.

Are you up and running i.e. selling horses yet?

Is your hatchery at home or ?

Really good job and thanks for posting the pix.

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« Reply #12 posted: 1 year ago »
Thank you Bruce. The breeders are definitely beefy and eat their fair share! We currently have around 60 seahorses that are ours for breeding. Not all are currently breeding, some are still fairly young and maturing. Others are wild and still in quarantine and conditioning. I will have to take more photos of our broodstock. Most are in our 55 gallon breeding barrels which makes taking photos difficult.

The hybrids are a side project my fiancÚ and I are working on. They are Reidi x Erectus hybrids. We are interested to see if we can produce F1's from our hybrids. It is thought that they can not reproduce. We are curious to see if they can since these two spices natural overlap in the wild. Both my fiancÚ and myself are biologist so it is a little research project we are working on. Interestingly we have found our hybrids grow much faster than the parent species. We had a brood of Erectus and a brood of Hybrids we were raising late this summer. The 13 week old hybrids were the same size as our 22 week old Erectus. The hybrids seem to be very easy going if you will. When we transfer Erectus and Reidi juveniles to new systems they will act a little finicky for a day or two. The hybrids do not seem to be finicky when we move them around. We hear the same from our customers who purchase the hybrids, they settle into their new homes as if nothing ever happened. Our hybrids typically have bright neon yellow coloration which is desirable and many of our customers are able to maintain this coloration in their aquariums.

They are posted on our website, https://seahorsesavvy.com/.  Right now I have Erectus and our hybrids available. I will also have Reidi available sometime after the new year. I have seen your post recently and it sounds like you are getting ready to get back into seahorses. If you are interested in ours my email is alyssa@seahorsesavvy.com. I can send you photos when you are ready if you would like. Thank you again for the kind words Bruce!

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« Reply #13 posted: 1 year ago »
Alyssa, I have a pair of erectus seahorses from Ocean Rider.  They are both doing well but if I were replace one, (someday should one of mine perish) with a pair of reidi- erectus hybrid, does that usually go alright?  I have been reading that it is best to get seahorses from the same source and same specie so I understand that there would probably be some risk.  However if I did bigger than usual water changes, (which I also read read helps reduce the chance of an outbreak of disease) I wondered if my chances of success would be reasonable and probable?  I prefer to get seahorses from the east coast from now on as I live in Pennsylvania, ( and I see that you are not terribly far) and I hate thinking about shipping them all the way from Hawaii. Perhaps I would even be able to pick them up?
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« Reply #14 posted: 1 year ago »
Hello Dawn,

I do not think it would be a problem as we have kept our hybrids, Erectus and Reidi together in the same system with no problems. With that said, we do plan on working with other seahorse species in the future and I would not mix species if they do not naturally overlap in their distribution in the wild. Of course anytime you add anything new to an aquarium there is always a risk but I think it is a small risk it this instance. The hybrids are beautiful and if they are not able to breed they would be nice for the casual hobbyist who does not want to raise fry. You are certainly welcome to come pick them out in person, I think it is worth the trip and not having to ship them.

-Alyssa

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