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Friday Discussion - Mixing Seahorses

Poll Have you mixed seahorses before? What were the results? (Select all that apply.)

I have always kept seahorse species in their own system without mixing them with other seahorses or pipefish.
4 (11.4%)
I have mixed seahorses of the same species from different sources without problems.
4 (11.4%)
I have mixed seahorses of the same species from different sources and at least some got sick or died.
4 (11.4%)
I have mixed seahorses of the different species from different sources without problems.
4 (11.4%)
I have mixed seahorses of the different species from different sources and at least some got sick or died.
8 (22.9%)
I have mixed seahorses of the different species from the same source without problems.
3 (8.6%)
I have mixed seahorses of the different species from the same source and at least some got sick or died.
1 (2.9%)
I have mixed seahorses and pipefish with no ill effects.
3 (8.6%)
I have mixed seahorses and pipefish and at least some got sick or died.
4 (11.4%)

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  • Offline shelley.s
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Re: Friday Discussion - Mixing Seahorses

« Reply #30 posted: 3 years ago »
2 of my pipefish were quarenteened and 2 wernt, I got the same results though, one of the quarenteened ones died as did one of the non Quarenteened. I believe it does help against white spot and flukes etc but I'm not so sure about bacterial issues. I do believe though that tanks ran at lower temperatures and lower salinity stand a much better chance with mixing species than those that run them higher
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Re: Friday Discussion - Mixing Seahorses

« Reply #31 posted: 3 years ago »
Rayjay makes some valid points. There is no guarantee even with quarantining, as you've found. I agree with the cooler tanks. Low salinity may help, but I know one ciliate, Uronema, is reported to thrive in lower salinity. And it's a bad one. Incidentially, I keep my seahorses in lower salinity (1.021-1.023), but that's largely to keep the cost of salt down. :)

Dan, you're absolutely right. It is nearly impossible to test and impossible to gather from reports online because of self reporting. My theory about the impossibility adaptive immunity was wrong, so for me, I'm back to rethinking things again. I'm not sure what the answer is other than being very cautious.
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Re: Friday Discussion - Mixing Seahorses

« Reply #32 posted: 2 years ago »
One year with mix of wild caught Erectus, net raised baby tiger tail and captive tiger tail, good so far..... with the exception I was in the hospital little over two weeks, and had to have multiple people taking care of horses, did lose one of the captive bred tiger tails during that time, but my helpers wern't putting food in the feeding station, just broadcast feeding.  When I came home tank was very dirty, and I never found the body.  I was still too sick to do a water change for another two weeks.  The tigers are so shy and never eat well with target or broadcast feeding, so I think that was the issue...... Feel real lucky the rest survived. 
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