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Adding 3 more seahorses?

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Adding 3 more seahorses?

« posted: 9 months ago »
Hi all!  I just upgraded and transferred to a bare bottom 56 gallon column tank from my 36 gallon bowfront.  I would like to keep 4 seahorses all together and I currently only have 1 female.

I will watch for a small mini cycle but do not expect much because I moved all the rock, coral, water and am using the same 20 gallon sump.  When the tank is stable can I add 3 more ponies at once if I watch carefully and increase my water changes?  Or is it better to increase how much I feed the tank slowly to increase its capacity to deal with a bigger bioload?  Or should I just not add 3 ponies at 1 time?
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Re: Adding 3 more seahorses?

« Reply #1 posted: 9 months ago »
Well, since no one has replied, I'll throw in my opinion.  I would add them all at once, the tank should be able to handle the bioload if it is well cycled (and it should be, since you transferred from your old tank).  If you were setting up a new tank, you would add them all at once.
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Re: Adding 3 more seahorses?

« Reply #2 posted: 9 months ago »
Well, since no one has replied, I'll throw in my opinion.  I would add them all at once, the tank should be able to handle the bioload if it is well cycled (and it should be, since you transferred from your old tank).  If you were setting up a new tank, you would add them all at once.
Thanks for the reply!  I contemplated it quite awhile but ended up only ordering 2 seahorses.  I kept thinking that I eventually want another captive bred pair of banded pipefish from Ocean Rider and they will add significant bioload.  I believe my tank system is able to have 4 ponies and 2 pipes and my royal gramma but I did not want to push it to the maximum capacity. I like to have some wiggle room for when I go on vacations and not have my sister have to do as many water changes and such.

My new pair are in QT now recovering from shipping.  They are beautiful ponies from Seahorse Source.
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