Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ohboyohboyohboy!!

I have a 10 gallon freshwater fish tank that I canNOT maintain clear water in .................... the Spousal Unit is taking a day off this weekend, so we're headed to "the fish store" so he can get the kind of filtration system that will be effective ......................... "the fish store" we're going to, I had gone in a couple of years ago ....................... they had some seahorses ........................... YEP, I'm gonna be looking into getting a 2 to 5 gallon tank, black sand, the necessary salination stuff, some miniature hermit crabs, some red shrimp, MAYBE some eelgrass, some brine shrimp eggs & some rotifers ................... then set it up, get everything "as it should be" {salinity/specific gravity/temp} .............................. THEN get a couple of breed-able pairs of these guys:





They're Dwarf Seahorses - the smallest known seahorses - but {figure THIS out?!?}, per the experts, they're the easiest to care for ............................

"Hippocampus zosterae is one of the smallest of the many different seahorse species, ranging in size between 2 to 2.5 cm. The maximum reported size was a male of 5.0 cm (Jordan and Gilbert, 1882). This species of seahorse can be distinguished from other western Atlantic seahorse species by the presence of 10 to 13 dorsal and pectoral fin rays (Daswon and Vari, 1982). Also, dwarf seahorses possess 9 to 10 trunk rings, a high knob-like coronet that lacks spines or projections, knob-like spines on the body, a short snout that is one-third the length of the head, and skin covered in tiny warts (Lourie et al., 2004). Hippocampus zosterae also has a dorsal fin with a submarginal band (Dawson and Vari, 1982). Dwarf seahorses are found in colors of beige, yellow, green, and black, and may have white speckles or dark spots (Lourie et al., 2004). ()"
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3 comments:

MK said...

Dwarf Seahorses, never heard of them, well you've informed me. Good luck with them, sounds like you're having a ball of a time.

lainy said...

They are really interesting. Try to post of picture after you get the tank set up.

Way cool.

KG said...

They are SO cool!