Very nice...dwarves are some of my favourites. Been a while since I have had an ongoing artemia hatchery, although I have 4-5 in storage. On chap I knew that spawned his seahorses cleverly ran his nauplii through an IV drip system to constantly feed his babies.
Ah.. the reason you can't see them in the tank is because I took the picture before I got them. Their tank now looks kinda funky with the odd arrangement of decor to get the water circulating enough to move the water but slow enough to let the seahorses do their thing. They are about 1-2 inches
omg!! So I was over estimating their size then!! holy small!!! I'd die to have them (or at least see them in person!!)
Are they a natural species? I know seahorses are small but these guys, were they man made??
I'm not exactly sure what the plant is - it's some type of macroalgae. Dwarfs are about $10 each, give or take a few dollars and depending on whether they are wild caught or captive bred. Most seahorse keepers suggest captive bred over wild caught. The only captive bred source I know of for some reason hasn't processed my brine enrichment order and it's been like a month so I went with the wild caught.
I would love to take a video of them but I'd need a nice video camera. The only reason the pictures look like they do is because I have a DSLR camera. My phone too lousy pictures too blurry to see, and I think the video would be the same. Maybe I could convince my mom to borrow her HD camera
Today the first male has done a courting dance for one of the females. I am going to document which females are pairing with which males to avoid any inbreeding with the babies. The plan is to remove the parents once the babies are sexually mature.
I have a second 6 gallon tank (with TONS of risky hitch hikers) that I am cycling now. I'm going to capture my bristleworm somehow and remove it from that tank (the thing is huge). It will be for the parents (it's going to be a fantastic reef display tank) and then my 5 I've got going now will be for the babies, so I can keep paired seahorses without worrying about them mating with their children. Each pair will only be allowed one sex of children. I'm thinking I'm going to keep only males from the first pair, for instance.
Now this all assumes I can keep track of the pairs. I did document the male's attempt with this female, even though nothing happened from it (she was too interested in food). And the females are the ones that can look SO alike. But I'll upload a picture of the cute courting couple later today You can see how he is displaying his belly. And his color has changed! I'll show a before and after picture