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Introducing the Snowshine Seahorses

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Introducing H. erectus var. Snowshine. As the head seahorse nerd and proprietor of FusedJaw.com, most of my articles shy away from my own operations. However, I’ve had a project underway I’ve been quietly working on for while that I’m excited to share: The Snowshines, a new variety of Hippocampus erectus. This new variety of seahorses, named Snowshines in honor of both the blustery state they were created (Wisconsin) a well as their unique coloration. Snowshines are still Lined Seahorses, H. erectus, but through selective breeding exhibit an unusual amount of pearlescent white markings, mixed with a base coloration that can manage a wide range of colors, all tinted with a glistening sheen. Light colored Snowshine H. erectus There have been a few varieties of seahorses offered by breeders based on color; but seahorses can change colors, making breeding for color a daunting task. Pintos, pieds, and other piebald varieties are probably the most More: Introducing the Snowshine SeahorsesMore:

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Bucks County Aquarium Society Annual Workshop

If you’re in the area, consider coming out to the annual workshop of the Bucks County Aquarium Society at the Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol, PA this Saturday June 8.  I will be speaking about Frontiers in Marine Fish Culture and I’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of speakers including Albert Thiel, Francis Lupangco (from Nat Geo’s Fish Tank Kings), and Mark Denaro. bucks county aquarium society annual workshop06082013 jpg opt660x825o00s660x825 Bucks County Aquarium Society Annual Workshop For more information, check out BCASonline.com.  … More:

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A Modern Guide to Buying Seahorses

8ba6picking out a seahorse fish store 600x347 A Modern Guide to Buying Seahorses Are you considering purchasing seahorses but are unsure of where to start or afraid they are too difficult? Seahorses do need a specialized setup, but are not nearly as hard to keep as they once were. Advances in breeding have given us seahorses that are fully adapted to life in the aquarium. This buying guide covers what every aquarist needs to know about purchasing healthy seahorses before making that leap.  More: A Modern Guide to Buying SeahorsesMore:

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Help! My Seahorse Just Had Babies!

acfaSeahorse babies and adult 600x414.jpeg Help! My Seahorse Just Had Babies! Or, what to expect when you didn’t know you were expecting. Seahorses are known for their proclivity of having hundreds of babies when you least expect it. Photo by CARSTEN SCHÖNIJAHN You just walked by your tank to discover dozens, if not hundreds of tiny seahorses drifting around your aquarium. These miniature copies of the adults caught you off guard, and now you’re not sure what to do. This guide will walk you through what you need to do within the first few hours to try and save the young seahorses. In the immortal words of Douglas Adams; Don’t Panic! The absolute first thing you must do is decide if you really want to try to raise these babies. Raising baby seahorses is a time, space, and money consuming task. And there is no guarantee that you’ll be successful; very few seahorse fry survive in the wild. Being unprepared means that you’ll be starting from a disadvantage as well. However, thanks to their yolk sack when born, baby seahorses can go 24 – 48 hours without. . . More: Help! My Seahorse Just Had Babies!More:

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Vossen larval catchers put to the test with Lipogramma klayi

klayi pipesm Vossen larval catchers put to the test with Lipogramma klayi
It’s been several months since I raised my first Lipogramma klayi at the Long Island Aquarium. Sadly, I’ve only had two more reach settlement since then.  One of the bottlenecks to the mass production of this beautiful deepwater basslet, as well as other grammatids, is that they are what we sometimes refer to as “trickle” spawners because although they spawn often, they lay only a few eggs at a time.… More:

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Captive-bred Lipogramma klayi

klayiPL Captive bred Lipogramma klayi You can now add the high-priced bicolor basslet, Lipogramma klayi, to the list of marine species that have been raised for the first time at the Long Island Aquarium.  Thanks to another generous donation from one of my biggest supporters, Forrest Young at Dynasty Marine Associates, I have had the privilege of conditioning a small broodstock (2 pairs) of L. klayi for the last couple of months.  Last week we were rewarded with our first glimpse of a newly settled bicolor basslet in one of our rearing tanks. klayi sm Captive bred Lipogramma klayi Now that we’ve seen their price plummet from… More:

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Mystery larvae from pelagic egg collectors at the Long Island Aquarium

Mono1 Mystery larvae from pelagic egg collectors at the Long Island AquariumFor me, the most exciting part of collecting pelagic eggs and larvae from a large community tank like the 20,000-gallon reef tank at the Long Island Aquarium, is watching the larvae grow and trying to figure out what they are before they reach settlement.  Recently we got a great haul of eggs that hatched into some very interesting larvae.  As we watched them grow – unusually fast, our excitement grew proportionately.  Their relatively deep bodies and large, heavily pigmented pelvic fins really set them apart from the rest of the larvae in the tank.  I could tell by their morphology that they weren’t angelfishes or tangs, but there are so many species from so many families in that tank, that that didn’t help to narrow it down much.  They reminded me of damselfish larvae, but I knew that was unlikely because these larvae came from pelagic eggs and as far as I know, all damselfishes are benthic spawners.Mono Mystery larvae from pelagic egg collectors at the Long Island AquariumWell, luckily we didn’t have to wait too long.  After a couple of more weeks, these things were overwhelming the 250-gallon rearing tank and had outcompeted all of the other species for available food. I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t disappointed when I finally figured out what they were, but of all the species in this tank – one of the most impressive reef tanks in the world…did it have to be the monos (Monodactylusargenteus)?Really – who puts monos in a reef tank.  More:

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It’s settled! First captive bred candy bass, Liopropoma carmabi

Candy Bass 5002 It’s settled! First captive bred candy bass, Liopropoma carmabi
After a staggering larval period of 126-143 days, three of the candy bass larvae at the Long Island Aquarium have finally reached settlement. … More:

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