My name is Angie and I am not new to seahorses. I have bread both northern H. Erectus and Southern. My northern H. Erectus (6 - 3 m/f pairs) originally came from Draco Marine...that was awhile ago lol. (loved the little buggers..smaller then my southerns, but great personalities) My southern stock was as follows, 3 pairs (different times each pair) came from Dan and Abby at SeahorseSource. I got a few from Tammi here, and I also got a 2 pair from Sachs. I do believe at one point I got a pair from Seahorse Corral, but I did not breed those. At one time I had 18 saltwater tanks..only 1 was 125g in wall reef tank. The rest were seahorses. A few things happened...I found out I had uterine cancer and had to part with all of my seahorses. Started again a year later after recovery. Had a heart attack...got out of them again. Started again about a year later. Fast forward a few years and I got married and Divorced, sale of house and relocation was out of SW for awhile while adjusting to the single life and working a lot. Been about 2 years now without seahorses. My 65g reef is running strong and I swore I would not start seahorses again until I found a stable job and life got, well boring ha ha ha. In August I was blessed with a great opportunity to work from home full time. I am loving it btw! I have a 2 bedroom with a den Townhouse and I live alone (ok I do have a ragdoll cat, a Pomeranian, and an African Grey Parrot so not totally alone) I use the den as my office for work. I have my 37g future seahorse tank set up next to my desk. That leaves my spare bedroom 100% free for raising fry. (and I can close the door so I do not have to listen to multiple bubbling BS hatchers, fry tanks, and so on)
I have only had h. Erectus in the past and I really want H. Reidi. However, they are much harder to raise then erectus fry and I'm not sure if I am up for culturing pods for H.Reidi fry. BBS are so much easier,,those I can do with one eye open. Pretty sure I've done it asleep at times. Thank goodness I worked at a pet store at the time and I could sell my seahorses there)
I was looking at possibly trying H.Reidi x H. Erectus hybrids, but I would still need to culture for awhile. There is no question of not breeding since I can't have all males or all females. To me it is not natural. I have it stuck in my head that if I am going to choose to take these beautiful animals and stick them in a tank, I should at least allowed them a mate as nature intended for all things. Only my opinion and I totally understand the reasons for same sex tanks...some just do not want to or can not deal with fry. Until they invent seahorse birth control it is a valid choice for many. I am totally comfortable with pouch evacuations, and tube feeding if needed. Learned all of that when I was given a pair of WC Erectus when I was new to seahorses. I learned fast! NO more WC for me...ever! Not even as a rescue. That was over a $1000 lesson learned.
It will be a little while before I actually order the seahorses. They will come from Seahorse Source, Tammi, or Sachs. Tammi is local, only a few hours away. I will see where she is at with available seahorses at a later time... Not in a huge hurry. The tank is almost ready, but I am not. Still need to add the BH-90 skimmer and sump. I've been procrastinating on hooking up the sump because I have to drill thru the wall of my den into the bathroom closet on the other side of the wall that will hold the sump. (I currently rent..so I will have to repair the wall if I ever move lol) The tank has to be SILENT since it sits 6 inches away from my desk and I am on the phone 8+ hours a day with customers. My headset mic picks up every sound. Using a whisper 60 HOB now that I had laying around. Waiting for some different macros to be in stock, working on fry tubs, building tables for tubs and a setting up the sumps for them. Building up supplies, buckets of salt, tons of DI resin and spare RO filters. Stocking SH meds, catheters, dusting off microscopes, piecing together BS hatchers, and the list goes on. I just got 2 - 42g Brute cans and one 24g Brute can, waiting for 2 of the dollys to show up.
Thank goodness water is included in my rent for the townhouse lol. There are no restrictions on tanks as long as I have renters insurance. They do ask that we do not exceed a certain weight per tank, and my largest tank is 65g and is far from the max. Mt fry tanks will be 18g tubs, and the sumps will consist of 30g each max.
Right now the only things in my 37g seahorse tank are a billion pods, feather caulerpa, 3 mollies that I converted to full saltwater, live rock, and a bunch of zoanthids, green star polyps, clove polyps, mushrooms, ricordia, and soft leather corals, and a few snails.
Well that's my intro...I promise not to be so long winded in the future. I just tried to cover it all at once.