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Myco is mycobacteria....nasty little bugger.  I had to get rid of everything..tanks, all equipment, anything that may have come in contact with the infected seahorse and the tank.  It is so nasty I could not risk just trying to bleach everything. I could not take the chance of any future breeding stock or fry carrying mycobacteria.
Wow that is terrible! I have heard of vibrio and have heard how devastating it can be.  Myco sounds worse.

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Myco is mycobacteria....nasty little bugger.  I had to get rid of everything..tanks, all equipment, anything that may have come in contact with the infected seahorse and the tank.  It is so nasty I could not risk just trying to bleach everything. I could not take the chance of any future breeding stock or fry carrying mycobacteria. 
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I was online, thank goodness. Reef Central, seahorse.org, sygnathid,org, captive reefing, and a few others.  Jorge from Draco Marine was a great source of information as well. I was sad when they stopped raising seahorses.  Dan and Abby were wonderful as well.  Peka, Ducky, and many others on seahorse.org were quick to answer questions and help when you needed it.  Of course labdoc was awesome too, he did a complete pathology report when I was dealing with a WC pair that ended up costing me over $1000 trying to save them.  Baytril was not easy to get for a seahorse with Myco...very expensive to have live shrimp shipped every week. And I still can't seem to stay away from seahorses for long.
O my, I am not even familiar with any of those names except Dan and Abbie from Seahorse Source.  I go to Reef Central, seahorse.org and here (of course)and read posts to learn.

What is Myco?  I have not heard of that.  And I presume Baytril is a medication to treat it?

I order live shrimp periodically to feed my ponies as a treat or when I go away as a 2nd meal of the day that they need to hunt themselves.  I can not imagine the expense if that is all they ate.

You are very dedicated to spend $1000 on a pair of WC ponies.

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I was online, thank goodness. Reef Central, seahorse.org, sygnathid,org, captive reefing, and a few others.  Jorge from Draco Marine was a great source of information as well. I was sad when they stopped raising seahorses.  Dan and Abby were wonderful as well.  Peka, Ducky, and many others on seahorse.org were quick to answer questions and help when you needed it.  Of course labdoc was awesome too, he did a complete pathology report when I was dealing with a WC pair that ended up costing me over $1000 trying to save them.  Baytril was not easy to get for a seahorse with Myco...very expensive to have live shrimp shipped every week. And I still can't seem to stay away from seahorses for long.   
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Wow Angie, you have a lot of experience with seahorses!  Were you networked online 10 years ago when you started seahorses?  I can imagine that learning about seahorses without an online community would be hard.
I also have been doing saltwater for about 20 years but I am kind of a newbie to seahorses with only over 2 years experience.

Your tank sounds similiar to mine with the macro algae and soft coral.  I am running just the seahorse tank now.  The coral and macros are basically just a natural backdrop to accommadate the ponies.  This tank is bare bottom with a sump and fuge. I painted the bottom to help it look more like sand but it does look a bit sterile. I have to admit that I love the ease of maintaining it however.
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I'm thinking 4-6 weeks before I order.  Hopefully everything else will be set up and running by then.  I just know if I do not have the fry tanks ready....the male will most likely arrive pregnant! I do hate to rush thru things. Now....if I do have everything set up and ready to go, the little boogers will probably take a year to figure out a proper egg transfer.

I once got a pair from Dan and Abby at seahorse source that managed an egg transfer in the shipping bag!  They were little, and when I sent them a pic of the male's pouch upon arrival, Abby said he certainly did not look like that the day before!!  lol.   Lost that batch of fry because I was not prepared...I ordered a young pair. I did not think they were old enough for that...wrong ;) 

I can't wait to get them, but after 20+ years in saltwater and 10+ with seahorses, Patience is key.  Even when I want to hurry and get them.   :P  Must resist ordering..must resist ordering..must resist ordering  ha ha ha
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Thank you Dawn, it will be some time yet before I get the pair.  As we all know, nothing good ever happens fast with seahorses.  I have patience and plenty of time.
Quite some time as in a few months or quite some time as in over 6 months for seahorses? Ha ha, maybe I am more impatient than you!   Its very good to be patient and do it right.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to seahorses.
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Thank you Dawn, it will be some time yet before I get the pair.  As we all know, nothing good ever happens fast with seahorses.  I have patience and plenty of time.
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Hi angieg1123!  Its nice to hear that you are returning to the hobby.  Seahorses can certainly be demanding and with all you had going on in the past I can certainly understand why you took a hiatus.

Like you I also have only kept H erectus but a reidi erectus mix has intrigued me but I have not made the leap.  Also I only raised fry once and it was so rigorous that I give my fry away now.  However I will enjoy hearing about your progress and experiences.  Please keep us posted.

Dawn
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Once I order the seahorses, the mollies will be moved to the sump of my 65g reef tank.   They are great algae eaters, but tend to get over eager when trying to clean the seahorses....but the seahorses think their babies are yummy ;)
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