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Some Knocked up Males?

« posted: 5 years ago »
The pouches are starting to look a little puffy the last couple days.  Here's a couple picks not the greatest but....

Thanks for any input.
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« Reply #1 posted: 5 years ago »
Seahorses often inflate their pouches to show off. That being said, the first one especially looked pregnant. I'm not as sure with the second one because of the angle. I can't swear by either. I would watch their behavior, pregnant males tend to be more reclusive.

Gestation is somewhere in the 14-21 day range, with 21 days being the norm. They usually have a small number of "warning babies" a day or two before the rest are born.

So . . . congrats and break out the cigars!
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« Reply #2 posted: 5 years ago »
Thanks Tami, I was wondering if they maybe inflated their pouches. It looked especially large yesterday, and I thought he was gonna pop :)  Neither are particularly acting reclusive.  One of the females has since I got them, and the other female is an attention queen.  She bobs her head out of the water when I feed:), so cool!  Typically, the 2 males and the one female hitch together at night, while the other female is on her own.  But, with that said I have seen the pairing off of both sets.
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« Reply #3 posted: 5 years ago »
21 days to create something so perfect, gob smacked. I really thought it would be MUCH longer. Congratulations, keep your camera at hand.
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« Reply #4 posted: 5 years ago »
So I woke up this morning to look at the tannk with lights out before I took my wife to airport.  The one male was having his contractions :D.   15 minutes later he started popping out the little ones!!!! ;D.   I even got video of part of the birth which I will try to load tomorrow!!!
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« Reply #5 posted: 5 years ago »
So yesterday morning I went down to check on the tanks in the dark at about 7:30 am. I have 4 H. erectus I got from Tami about 4 weeks ago. I noticed my pregnant male having his pre-contractions shaking violently. I video taped a little. About 15 minutes later BIRTH!!! I caught one of the later pushes after the major push. This is this guys first birth as he is only about 5 or 6 months old. So the total babies in the brood was around 100 or so. I was able to collect about 50. Feeding them freshly hatched brine right now with supplementing live Isochrysis galbana. So far out of my collected little guys I've only seen 1 loss in about 24 hours.

Here's the videos I was able to capture:

pre-contractions (lights still off)


About 15 minutes later I caught the 3rd push



Then later in their separate system I was able to collect about 50 of the 100 that were born in a fish bowl.
I have then with freshly hatched brine shrimp and live Isochrysis galbana that I have been culturing for about 6 weeks thanks to ShannPeach!

BABIES!


One of the coolest things I have ever experienced!!

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« Reply #6 posted: 5 years ago »
Great job! How does it feel to be a seahorse grandpa?  ;D

I've tried many time to get video of my seahorses having babies, and I always manage to miss it. One time I sat watching a male for something like 6 hours. I got up to stretch my legs and was gone for maybe 15 minutes. Can you guess what happened? Yup, he had the babies then.

Probably the most important thing after food with raising the babies is keeping the nursery clean. They tend to be very sensitive to the build up of bacteria and biofilm on the surface, so I always tear down and wipe everything clean every 2-3 days. Eventually I'll get a plumbed system setup, and then I won't tear down, but the wipe down will likely still need to happen.
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« Reply #7 posted: 5 years ago »
I can't stop watching them Tami, they are so damn cute!!! ;D.  It's amazing watching them snick at one day old and link tails, hitch, etc.
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« Reply #8 posted: 5 years ago »
Are there nose prints all over the fish bowl yet? :)
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LOL, pretty much! ;)
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« Reply #10 posted: 5 years ago »
Hope these are still thriving!!! Cute or what??
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« Reply #11 posted: 5 years ago »
approx 80 hours after birth of the 35 collected.....I have only lost 2 so far.  Some are definitely more active hunters swimmers than others.  when do you see the biggest losses early on?

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« Reply #12 posted: 5 years ago »
Congratulations :D

No matter how many broods you get, the babies are still just as fascinating as the first brood :) 
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« Reply #13 posted: 5 years ago »
 :) Big CONGRATULATION'S  are due...you are the lucky one. Catching it on film too...WOW...double lucky. Babies bring so much joy! Watching them grow, is an amazement in itself...they are so beautiful. Enjoy them!
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« Reply #14 posted: 5 years ago »
Update:  So 10 days in and I have 12 of the 35 I collected still surviving.  I also am noticing that my other male is definitely pregnant.  Tami you definitely gave me some SH's with fertile genes :D!