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Cap Daddy

« posted: 2 years ago »
One of my favorite species of seahorses has always been Hippocampus capensis the rare and endangered horses from South Africa. I was fortunate to be able to get a batch of capensis fry from a breeder in Los Angeles in 2005. As most of you know caps are a temperate species and they did well in Idyllwild for most of the year as I was able to keep the temps in the 60's.

I managed to raise 3 of the fry to adulthood and had 2 males and a female. The larger male paired with the female and he was soon carrying a brood in his pouch. Later I was fortunate to get another female from a different source so I had two pairs. They had 3 large broods and one small one over the next year so I had my opportunities to raise them but a titanic heatwave hit Idyllwild and I ended up loosing all but one of the male juveniles. I searched all over the boards for another female but they had disappeared from the hobby by then.

It was a very disappointing situation to loose them as I realized I would probably never be able to get them again. OR had them listed at $350 each but they were out as well so that was that.

Somewhere I have pix of the cap fry at five weeks and they were all yellow and very attractive. I still kick myself over this one.

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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Amazing! Glad to have someone with your experience here! And you share pictures! 😀😀😀
So when are you getting seahorses again+!?! And what species will you have??
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
I don't know when or what species but I feel it will be soon. I got the fever again.

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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
Yes, I agree with Laurasea, it's great having someone who has had and raised multiple species for as long as you did.  It will be fun to see what you choose.  Please posts lots of pics of your tank/s when the time comes.
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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
More capensis pix

1. a photo of the original fry from the breeder. I think she sent me 8 or so and I raised 3 to adulthood.

2. Two of the juvies show their pretty markings.

3. The largest brood that cap daddy produced. They hitched from day one and were very cute. H. capensis (the spellchecker tried to change this to cheapness  ;) ) are easy to raise if you can keep them cool enough.

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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Fantastic!  What is your dream species if they were available in the trade?
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
I would have to pick caps if I could have any species but I don't think they will be available in the USA from other hobbyist and I would never buy from OR.

I would also like to get H. ingens or perhaps pot bellies. Maybe something else that no one is breeding as I do like a challenge. After I stopped working with seahorses I tried my hand at pipefish but I was lacking the pelagic pods to get the fry started. I then tried to breed sexy shrimp but I pretty much was burnt out by then. I am retired now so I have more time.

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