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what I have been doing since I stopped with seahorses

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This is my upcoming book and there is a companion book on wildflowers as well.

All photos taken in the wild by yours truly over the last 3 years. There are 58 species of butterflies listed and 365 species of wildflowers. I am currently doing the layouts on the wildflower book and the butterfly book is complete. A ton of work but a lot of fun being outdoors and "botanizing" the San Jacinto Mountains ( where Idyllwild is located).

The beauty of nature is the driving force in my life and the natural world is endlessly fascinating.

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With ambitious projects like putting together books I can see why you took a break from the rigors of raising seahorses.  That is very cool.
Thanks for sharing as I was curious as to why you stopped keeping seahorse but did not want to ask such a personal question.
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With ambitious projects like putting together books I can see why you took a break from the rigors of raising seahorses.  That is very cool.
Thanks for sharing as I was curious as to why you stopped keeping seahorse but did not want to ask such a personal question.

Not really all that personal :-).

Full time job, two part time jobs and over 40 hours a week working on the seahorses for five years and I simply burned out.
Add to that the $6000 + I spent on equipment, livestock and the weekly 5 hour drives to Sandy Eggo to get 60-80 gallons of natural SW and I am amazed I lasted 5 years.
Of course I also lost money selling the horses but I was never into it for the money.  I did it mainly because it was hard and I needed a challenge. I went from 21 marine tanks to 3 marine and two FW thanks I have currently.

That being said I now miss having seahorses again and I just want to watch em snick in my tank. Whether I can not get hooked again on breeding is another question. When my two books are published I will be a retired person with time on my hands so you never know. I always go all in on my hobbies and want to know everything about the plants and animals that interest me. 
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It sounds like your plate was definitely full!  I understand how the seasons of life necessitate changes in one's lifestyle and hobbies.  5 years ago I had a 90g reef with a 15g sump and a 125g FOWLR with a 70g sump.  However my mother in law got sick and bed bound so I sold everything and downsized to my current 36g bowfront with a 10g sump in order to care for her.  However being tied to home helped me explore the possibilities of keeping seahorses which is how I got into them.  Last winter I raised 15 out of 22 erectus fry.  It was a lot of work so I have given away all my pair's offspring since.  I no longer have a lfs convenient to buy live brine shrimp either so I am not sure I will try to raise seahorses in the future but I sure enjoy my pair.  They are charming pets.
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