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Nocturnal feeder

« posted: 2 years ago »
One of my erectus females Ginger only feeds at night out of the food bowl after the blue lights come on.  The other erectus female and my reidi female eat during the day.  Does anyone else have a strictly nocturnal feeding seahorse???????? Picture of daytime sister
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Re: Nocturnal feeder

« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Never seen this but then again I never left food in the dish overnight either. Since seahorses are drawn to moving prey when they feed in nature nocternal feeding wouldn't make sense, unless it was a full moon or something.
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
I can't really say I have ever seen nocturnal feeding.  I have seen lazy seahorses and pregnant males feed after everyone else is done, sometimes just before lights out.  According to some literature, H. comes is supposed to be nocturnal but I haven't seen it even with them, at least in captivity.  They are more active at dusk and sunrise.

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Re: Nocturnal feeder

« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
I can't really say I have ever seen nocturnal feeding.  I have seen lazy seahorses and pregnant males feed after everyone else is done, sometimes just before lights out.  According to some literature, H. comes is supposed to be nocturnal but I haven't seen it even with them, at least in captivity.  They are more active at dusk and sunrise.

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I think that H. comes being nocturnal was debunked more than 10 years ago. I too remember reading that fact. In the Amanda Vincent, Kingdom of the Seahorse video she showed local fishermen in the Philippines hunting them at night for the Chinese medical trade. The reason was they were all hitched for the night so it made capture easier. 

In fact Dr. Vincent may have been the source for this as she got several things wrong in her initial work on seahorses.
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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
This erectus female is solely feeding at night.  I finally caught her and examined her, she is healthy and fat.  She hides in thick macro during the day, and comes out at night to feed.  This has been going on for a few months.  There is no aggression going on.  So I guess she is just "special"..
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