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Raising Your Own Food

« posted: 8 years ago »
I was reading that some people raise their own food to feed their seahorses.  Does anyone on this forum raise your own food?  What kind of food do you raise?
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« Reply #1 posted: 8 years ago »
I don't really right now. I have tried mysis in the past but they are very labor intensive as you have to keep the babies separated form the adults which are cannibalistic. I do want to try raising volcanic shrimp at some point if I can find a source of them that isn't to expensive.

I plan on getting some copepods for dwarf seahorses and seahorse fry soon. I also have a set up for raising algae to feed copepods and rotifers.
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« Reply #2 posted: 8 years ago »
I have been making an automatic brine shrimp hatchery/feeder,  if you want more details check out the FOR SALE/WANTED category
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« Reply #3 posted: 7 years ago »
Is it difficult to raise brine shrimp? I've been thinking that once I get my seahorses I might want to grow up brine shrimp for them as a treat. I've read conflicting information on whether or not it can be done at home, but my LFS rarely gets brine shrimp in and I don't want to risk getting hydroids either. I've read they can leave pretty nasty stings and can come on brine shrimp.
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« Reply #4 posted: 4 years ago »
I tried raising the volcano shrimp from Hawaii but their reproductive is slow, or in my case none. I tried for a year then just feed em out. Seahorse steak!! They loved but for $60 bucks they were gone in two days.  My seahorse will eat baby mollies but only newborns, or up until 2 days old then they are two fast for them to catch.  I gave up on mollies but I may do again in a spare tank
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« Reply #5 posted: 4 years ago »
I've got a small tank of red shrimp too, I've had them since June 2012. They've never reproduced. But I've heard some people have good luck to the point that their populations just explode. So there must be something you can do to get them to reproduce fast. I created a dark area and filled it with volcanic rock, in hopes of simulating the environment they naturally reproduce in. No luck yet. I'm sort of hoping that one of these days I'll look in the tank and see hundreds of them. :) I only have about 12 of them left - I started out with 25, but I've fed some out in cases where a seahorse wasn't eating for some reason or another.

I may try more when the weather warms up a bit and I'm not concerned about shipping. I sort of wonder if I have a larger population to begin with if I might have better luck.
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« Reply #6 posted: 4 years ago »
Tami, what s.g. are you keeping them in.
Here's Pete's take on them.
http://www.seahorse.com/forum/red-volcano-shrimp
The link to the red shrimp care sheet link on Pete's page didn't work so try for it at http://www.seahorse.com/care-sheets/red-shrimp
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Well there you go I read wrongly to keep them at higher salinity.  I was keeping mine at 1.027 or 1.030 I think maybe that was it.  But I started having so  many fish tanks going I cut back. But I see I was only playing in the minor leagues at 6 tanks.Ha ha I sea REAL  seahorse keepers have many many more!! I only have 3 tanks currently
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Don't worry, there is always time to add more tanks. :)
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« Reply #9 posted: 4 years ago »
I took my 10 gallon tank that I was keeping my baby h.comes in before I moved her/him to my large tank, and turned it into an amphipod farm.  Seahorses dig amphipods right? This seems to be working great I have tons of amphipods it is almost creepy there are so many! So far this is super easy.  Amphipods are good snack supplement treats right? Is anyone else farming amphipods?  below copied from TamiW from live food in feeding
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Often described as “little bugs”, these segmented crustaceans are usually present in our tanks, even under aggressive predation. Most seahorses will poke around rocks for a quick snack when these guys come out. If they can’t live in the tank, they will often live in the filter pads. For the occasional treat, you can easily create a in the tank refugium which will allow them to hide and breed. Make a small box out of plastic screen or egg crate, and fill with algae, lightly packed filter floss, or shredded plastic. They can also be harvested from most bodies of water, fresh and marine. They prefer to hide under and around algae covered rocks.

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« Reply #10 posted: 4 years ago »
I took my 10 gallon tank that I was keeping my baby h.comes in before I moved her/him to my large tank, and turned it into an amphipod farm.  Seahorses dig amphipods right? This seems to be working great I have tons of amphipods it is almost creepy there are so many! So far this is super easy.  Amphipods are good snack supplement treats right? Is anyone else farming amphipods?

Did you start from a particular culture, or just random hitchhikers?  I was planning to set up a culture of Tigriopus californicus.
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http://www.melevsreef.com/id/amphipod.jpg
They were hitchhiker's  look like the amphipod pictured here but I have no idea scientific name, I am still learning lol
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« Reply #12 posted: 4 years ago »
I was planning to set up a culture of Tigriopus californicus.
I used to culture these until I found I couldn't get any of my seahorse species to eat them other than the odd one, AND, I found that sometimes the tigs would get on the seahorses and irritate them.
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« Reply #13 posted: 4 years ago »
I was planning to set up a culture of Tigriopus californicus.
I used to culture these until I found I couldn't get any of my seahorse species to eat them other than the odd one, AND, I found that sometimes the tigs would get on the seahorses and irritate them.

Thanks, Rayjay!  I'll not bother with those.
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