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Ok, that is good to know.  I was beginning to wonder if it was only me.  I am relieved that it was not.
Maybe you weren't blocked. The site had problems for much of the last month so if you tried to log on at one of those times, you couldn't.
Hi everyone,
I have been away with a new granddaughter  but I was also blocked.  I did not really know how to look into it and so I did not really do anything except check in and see if I was still blocked.  I probably should have contacted Tami to let her know and eventually I would have done that.  Anyway I thought I should let you know that happened.
For Sale/Wanted / Dans' Feed with Probiotics - New Product
« Last post by DanU on 3 days ago »
I have a new version of Dansí Feed available.  This version has probiotics, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus lichenformis and Bacillus pumilus in it.  According to multiple studies, probiotics bioencapsulated in Artemia can increase survival rates, improve food conversion ratios, increase growth rates and improve immune system response.  By using it throughout the enrichment process, it can also inhibit pathogenic bacteria growth during the enrichment process. 

I also made some other minor changes to the enrichment.  Both forms of the Vitamin C additives are missing from this version as Ascorbic Acid can inhibit bacteria growth which we donít want with probiotics added.  Increased the amount of astaxanthin to help improve coloration of the seahorses.  AlgaMac 3050 has been replaced by AlgaMac 3050 DHA-10.  The ratio of 3050 and Protein Plus has been adjusted due to this.

For those who arenít aware, AlgaMac 3050 has listed as a HazMat material by the Feds.  Apparently, if this product is stored at a temperature of 100 Celcius (212 F), the temperature at which water begins to boil, for 24 hours, it can spontaneous combust.  In the 14 years I have been breeding, I have yet to see this or know of any cases where this happened.  I donít know anyone who stores it that way.  I canít see this happening during shipping either!  At any rate, it cannot be shipped via FedEx, UPS or Postal.  It has to go freight.  For the quantities that we and hobbyist use, this is a nonstarter.  Aqua Fauna Bio-Marine has come up with a replacement, AlgaMac 3050 DHA-10, which has the fatty acid levels adjusted down to avoid the HazMat rating.

The addition of the probiotics through the entire enrichment process has made a big difference for us.  For several months we were fighting through the process where our survival numbers with fry had dropped well below our historical average.  The additional complication of dealing with the Hurricane didnít help.  Around the end of December, beginning of January, I got determined to get to the bottom of what was going on, and make the necessary changes to get the survival rates back up.  After a total review of what we were doing and comparing that to what I believed we needed to do, we tightened up our procedures and I started using probiotics.  Survival rates turned around immediately.  The biggest difference was what we were doing with the Artemia cultures.  We had used Inveís Hatch Control and SanoCare Ace, both are of which are bacterial inhibitors.  We now add probiotics throughout the entire hatching, enriching and any grow out processes.  This has made a huge difference for us.  Survival rates for H. erectus fry born since then is well above 90%.  The last batch born a month ago tomorrow, has had 3 fry lost out of the whole batch.  We had some H. barbouri fry that was born prior to this, and once we started back with the probiotics noticed an improvement there as well.  I am anxious to see the results with pelagic fry once we start culturing them as well.
Dansí Feed with Probiotics can be ordered from our website:

Dan Underwood
Aquarium / Re: Heating + cooling control question
« Last post by leliataylor on 14 days ago »
It sounds like a chiller would be a good idea. Heaters tend to fail and I no longer have them on any of my tanks. Seahorses typically handle cooler temps better than warmer temps and water takes a long to too cool down very much. How cold does your home get in the winter months and how long does it stay cold?
Off Topic / Re: Extinction Point
« Last post by Calvinmiki on 14 days ago »
I think not likely extinction point for this.
Aquarium / Re: Heating + cooling control question
« Last post by Calvinmiki on 14 days ago »
How much is the total price?
Disease & Illness / Re: Pipefish breathing rapidly
« Last post by rayjay on 15 days ago »
Have you tried a fresh water dip to see if there are parasites in the gills?
Maybe also post on where you might get more pipefish people.
Disease & Illness / Pipefish breathing rapidly
« Last post by Emeryiii on 15 days ago »
Hi all! I have had a dragon face pipefish for over 2 months and he has been great the whole time. All of a sudden he quit eating and swimming around and just sits there breathing rapidly. Water tests fine and nothing changed so I am at a loss what could be causing this. All of the other fish and corals seem fine. Please help! Thanks!
Photography / Re: A video of my ponies.
« Last post by Kelly5978 on 22 days ago »
Adorable! that a restaurant souffle cup type feeding dish? ;D I LOVE IT! My adolescents eat out of a huge plastic container. I think I''ll try your smaller dish, because my guys keep forgetting how to get out once they're done eating. haha.
Great vid!
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