Help new juvenile seahorses

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Help new juvenile seahorses

« posted: 2 months ago »
Hoping for assistance I have 7 lined seahorses I received last Friday.  They were much much smaller then I was expecting (3 to 4 inches) and their body shape makes me think they are juveniles.  I ordered them through my LFS who used a dedicated captive bred breeder out of Florida.  I picked them up directly from the LFS in their shipping bags  as I did not want them placed in their tanks that are connected to tanks that hold other fish.  I was told that they were eating frozen mysis/brine.

3 of them are eating 2 to 5 mysis/brine 3 to 4 times a days via target feeding.  1 of them is eating at least 2 to 3 shrimp in 2 of those feedings, but wont consistantly eat at every feeding.  3 of them do not seem to be eating at all.  Those 3 spend a lot of time in the water column swimming. They look happy and alert and they are very curious stalking the frozen food, but they ultimately dont eat.  The tank did have a heavy copepod population and all the seahorses have been heavily hunting copepods, you can watch them in plants and along the rock work.   I am not sure if they are living off live copepods and so not interested in frozen or if they are starving.  Again they are swimming in the water column and alert, but have not once seen these 3 eat.

I am very concerned about the 3 refusing to eat frrozen

Salinity 1.025
PH 8.1
Alkalenity 8
Temp 75.5 degrees
150G tank
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