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Announcements / Everythings broken
« on: 1 year ago »
Sorry everyone - life has taken me in a crazy direction, and fusedjaw is neglected again. I didn't realize the forums were getting resource errors. I think it's fixed but not sure.

Also the main site is down, I missed the notices that the card on file with the host was expired. Now I had to pay a restore fee and they fix it when they fix it? That was the impression I got. I hoped it would be back already, but it's not.

Hi Everyone! We're back and on a new host. I think most things are working - but images and other attachments are not showing. I think I know what the problem is, but won't be able to look again until the weekend. But it shouldn't take taking the site down again to fix.

Registering on the forums is broken - and from the looks of the queue of users that signed up but could not complete the registration, I suspect this has been going on for a while, unfortunately. I'm trying to track down what the problem is, but there aren't any error logs - it's just not sending the verification emails. I'll do what I can to fix this as I'm able, but I'm kind of stumped.

Man, I'm really sorry to hear this. :(

Is your seahorse floating or sinking? That guide doesn't include edema from renal failure, which looks similar. Internal Gas Bubble Disease will cause the seahorse to float, Edema causes them to be negatively buoyant. In the early stages though, it can be hard to tell.

Diamox can be used successfully for both, but renal failure is more difficult to treat and may require antibiotics. I personally prefer treating in a hospital tank and treating the water as opposed to treating the food.

You can go to the CITES trade database and get import and export data and look at live imports. It only tells what has come into the country, not what has been sold internally. For instance, in the US, we have trade in native species, primarily out of Florida. Those would not be in the database. However, local industries might have that info.

I believe Florida, where most of the native seahorses in the US come from does keep track of that info. However, I'm not sure it's available to the public. You can probably call or email and ask; I've found them to be very responsive.

You'll likely have to do similar leg work in each country. Project Seahorse may have some estimates. I believe there was a 2011 paper that also talked about trade data of seahorses. This paper has trade data in it that may be of use to you as well.

Thanks. I haven't narrower it down and it seems to be working for the people that had problems. Hopefully was just a little blip that's over.

Is anyone having trouble getting to the main site? A few people messaged me that the main site is down over the course of a few hours, but I am able to get to it just fine. If anyone is having trouble bringing up the main site, please let know and include your location and the company that provides your internet (i.e. comcast, etc...) Thanks a bunch; hopefully I can get to the bottom of this soon.

No, you would not want to feed that to fry! It and medications like that are essentially antiseptics, and not meant to be ingested. Rayjay is probably right about the liquid issue, I hadn't heard that but he is usually right on these things.

I wouldn't use any malachite green on seahorse fry, and use sparingly on adults. It's a strong med and mutanigenic. I don't recognize the other ingredients, so I can't speak to their safety with seahorses.

Two causes of fry twitching- one is ciliates but the other is ammonia, which is often overlooked. I honestly think that even trace amounts of ammonia can make them twitchy. When I raise fry with "greenwater", they rarely twitch. I'd have to use formalin every once in a blue moon for presumptive ciliates. My assumption has been that's because the phytoplankton is using the ammonia as fast as its produced.

If it's not ammonia, then treat with formalin. 37% is ideal, and just follow the package directions.

There is a server-wide issue on the main site and the whole site is down. I host the forums with another company, so the two generally operate differently and thus the reason when one has a problem the other is usually okay. Anyway, Working on it; I'll post as I know more.

Disease & Illness / Re: Infection
« on: 2 years ago »
Glad to hear they're doing better! These things can sneak up on you. I've certainly had my share of putting off maintenance for healthy and sanity and had it go badly. I agree with vlangel's sentiment. We're only human. We can only do so much - as long as we're doing our best and recognize our limits, that's what out pets need.

It could be the blenny for sure. There are so many people that have had trouble with blennies and seahorses for that exact reason.

Breeding / Re: Tigertail babies
« on: 2 years 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.

Breeding / Re: Tigertail babies
« on: 2 years ago »
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.

Breeding / Re: Tigertail babies
« on: 2 years 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.

Breeding / Re: Tigertail babies
« on: 2 years ago »
Congrats! I kept them at room temperature when I raised them. How many were born?

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