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Hi from North Carolina

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Hello everyone.  My name is Jeff and I live in Kernersville NC, just about in the middle of the state.
i have had reef aquariums for about eleven years. I currently have a 57 gallon mixed reef, which has been up for just over a year.  Before that, when in a larger home, I had a 120 SPS tank and a few thirty gallon softie tanks.
I have also kept seahorses in the past.  I had a pair of Erectus that lived two and a half years.  They never produced offspring.  I did not know as much as I should have at the time and added a third pony to the tank.  It was a "tank raised" Kellogi.  I'm sure that is why I lost them.
So now I have set up a new seahorse tank.  It is a 36 gallon bowfront, bare bottom  with two large pieces of Pukani dry rock and all artificial hitching posts.  It has a hang on back filter, a protein skimmer, a UV sterilizer, a temperature controller and two small pumps for circulation on the bottom.
I will put three captive bred females, in, probably Erectus.  I don't want to attempt breeding.
I will be posting some questions very soon and will post some pics as I go along.  I am very excited to be getting back into seahorses and look forward to being a ember here.
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Re: Hi from North Carolina

« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Hello everyone.  My name is Jeff and I live in Kernersville NC, just about in the middle of the state.
i have had reef aquariums for about eleven years. I currently have a 57 gallon mixed reef, which has been up for just over a year.  Before that, when in a larger home, I had a 120 SPS tank and a few thirty gallon softie tanks.
I have also kept seahorses in the past.  I had a pair of Erectus that lived two and a half years.  They never produced offspring.  I did not know as much as I should have at the time and added a third pony to the tank.  It was a "tank raised" Kellogi.  I'm sure that is why I lost them.
So now I have set up a new seahorse tank.  It is a 36 gallon bowfront, bare bottom  with two large pieces of Pukani dry rock and all artificial hitching posts.  It has a hang on back filter, a protein skimmer, a UV sterilizer, a temperature controller and two small pumps for circulation on the bottom.
I will put three captive bred females, in, probably Erectus.  I don't want to attempt breeding.
I will be posting some questions very soon and will post some pics as I go along.  I am very excited to be getting back into seahorses and look forward to being a ember here.
Hi Jeff, my name is Dawn and welcome!  I am fairly new to seahorses and fusejaw.com myself.  I have found Tami and the other folks here so very helpful.  I have a 36g bowfront reef tank and I keep toying with the idea of switching my reef tank with the seahorse tank since my seahorses had babies and I would like to keep one, along with my adult pair. 
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I'm john, pretty new myself
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Hi Dawn and John!
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    Hi Jeff, Dawn & John,,

            Welcome to Fusedjaw,as you have found out we are a group of friendly seahorse people.
My name is Sue,if I can be of any help to you I will try or give what advice I can untill someone with more knowledge then me come's on to help.
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Jeff! Welcome to Fusedjaw!  I would say welcome to the addiction, but it sounds you've got a healthy start already. Those H. kelloggi really were/are trouble and caused a lot of problems for people. :(

Incidentally, NC is one of the places my husband and I are considering moving too. We keep vacillating between staying in WI but moving to the city, or moving out of state. NC is a place I dearly enjoyed visiting. So who knows, I might end up there in a year or two. ;)
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Hi Tami
I somehow missed your reply until today.  North Carolina is a great place to live.  I moved from new Jersey twenty four years ago and never looked back.
Just think of winters without all the freezing weather and snow. ;)
I can't wait to get my ponies.  My tank has almost finished cycling, but I really need to wait til late April to get them, due to ten days away from home.
My mother-inlaw has her hands full with dogs, birds, dart frogs and a reef tank.  So, I thought I should wait.
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   Hi Jeff,

       That's a good idea not to get your seahorses untill you come back from your trip.It would be unfair to ask your mum-in-law to look after them,as she seem's to have to do just looking after her own pet's

        We will be looking forward to seeing your tank and your seahorses,good luck with them.
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One of these days, I'm going to take my "vacation care guide" I give to my husband or pet sitter, and make it generalized for others to use. I've had a lot of luck just by spelling out in detail the work that needs to be done, and pre-portioning food.  I think others could use that template.

I'm going to Los Angeles for 5 days at the end of the month, maybe that will be a good time to update it.

Jeff, you're telling me about winters! OMG, I am so tired of the cold. That's why I'm traveling at the end of the month. I realize at that point it's almost spring. But almost spring isn't spring!!

Do you ever get to the ocean to do your own collecting? I believe you can find shrimp and other goodies. And, you can collect plankton if you get a plankton net!!! One of the many reasons I want to live there.

If you do decided to get the seahorses before you travel, let me know and I'll send you a copy of my vacation guide. It is really useful. That's the downside to having these wonderful pets - traveling is so difficult!
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« Reply #9 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi from way up the road from you in Oak Ridge, NC!

I too used to keep seahorses about 8 years ago.  All H. Erectus.  I had successful breeding, but I was never successful in raising them to adulthood.

I just converted a 45 gallon reef tank to a Seahorse tank yesterday.  Put all the fish and nasty stingers in my larger reef tank.

Once the weather calms down and gets a bit warmer I will be restocking with seahorses again.
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« Reply #10 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Rick, :)

Welcome to Fusedjaw.Com,we are a very friendly group of seahorse people.My name is Sue,if I can be of any help to you I will,or give what advice I can untill someone with more knowledge then me comes on line to help you further.
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« Reply #11 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Rick,
Practically neighbors.  Good to know there will be someone nearby with horses.  Have you seen the ones they have at Triad Reef Critters? 
I will be ordering captive bred in April.  I will try to get all females, since I dont want to attempt raising frye.  We will have to meet and compare notes some time.