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Tigertail babies

« posted: 1 year ago »
Hi guys!
Finally my tigertail gave birth today.
Picture of the little ones.

At what temperature is best for seahorse babies?
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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
Congrats!!! Good Lord, they are tiny!! And great camera!!
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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Same temperature as the adults.
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
Congrats! I kept them at room temperature when I raised them. How many were born?
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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
But in Singapore, room temperature is at 30 degree celsius. :-[
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
I keep my home at 20C so the display tanks and fry systems are at that temperature.
As I mentioned though, if you are successful long term keeping seahorses at any temperature, the fry should do OK as well.
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« Reply #6 posted: 1 year ago »
Very good point, norika! For me that was generally between 20-22C. Some research suggests that baby seahorses grow best in warmer water- but it's hard to control for bacteria at warmer temps, especially rearing systems where there is bound to be a lot of waste.

What do you have available to you to feed them? I used copepods, they were too small to take newly hatched brine shrimp.
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Its been 3 days and i have been feeding they newly hatched brine that come in airtight bottle.
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Have you seen them eat? Newborn seahorses can survive 5-6 days on their reserves without eating. You should be able to see them strike at the food and excrete it a few hours later if they are eating.
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Just lost 2 babies.

In singapore, we only have copepod that come in frozen form by Dr G. Is it ok to feed them the frozen ones?
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« Reply #10 posted: 1 year ago »
New born fry will only eat live foods and it would have to be smaller than baby brine  judging by the size in your photo. Tigertails are really hard to raise. Hopefully you will find the right method to feed them before it is too late. Even if it is too late you can use what you have learned for the next batch. Good luck.
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« Reply #11 posted: 1 year ago »
Yeah, Bruce is correct, they need live foods. You could try Rotifers, but seahorses have such a poor response to them that it's almost not worth it. I say almost because some people do have a small number survive on Rotifers.

Your best bet is to focus on getting a copepod culture going. You have two options. Being in Singapore, do you have easy access to the ocean? You could use a plankton net, or even seives to try and catch plankton. You could try to grow a copepod culture from that, or just go out weekly and catch more plankton until they are big enough to eat newly hatched brine shrimp. Obviously that would depend on your ocean access.

The other would be to try and culture some that are already living in your tank. You will almost certainly have some in the parents aquarium. Look for them on the glass at night with a flashlight, especially near the bottom of the aquarium. If you harvest them with a turkey baster and put them in 5 gallon buckets with tank water and an airline, you can feed phytoplankton and/or flake food.

The later will likely produce harpactacoid copepods, which tend to be surface dwelling and aren't ideal. However, they do work better than the alternatives. You'll likely find tisbe sp, which produce freeswimming nauplii, and those nauplii will be in the watercolumn where the fry can more easily find them.
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