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I SEE EYE'S!

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:biggrin2: It has been about three to four weeks and now i see red eye's in the egg's that my octo laid. She is still eating good and protecting her baby's. :fingerscrossed:
 
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As I recall, you have a small egged species. dwhatley has had success with Cyclopeeze, so I would start stocking up on some. Also, if you have access to the ocean, you may want to start doing daily plankton tows and add this to your tank. You can make your own plankton net or purchase one from Acorn Naturalists http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/PLANKTON-COLLECTION-NET-15-inches-tall-P510C0.aspx.

Chances are that these babies will not make it, since they are soo small. Even in the wild, only one or two babies would survive.

Good luck.
 

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Find the smallest food you can (NO BRINE SHRIMP). Cyclop-eeze (frozen) has been excellent for my little brood but they were probably 5 times larger than yours will be and the food is close to the size of new hatched brine. I would advise trying to mash it up with a mortar and pestal to make it as fine as you possibly can. You will need TINY feed and good current, especially if you try frozen. You will also need a breeder net. I found the best way to keep the food moving was to leave my recirculating pump facing the net for half the day (mine are nocturnal) to clear the daily feed and allowed the normal circulation to keep the food suspended during the night (but still mostly within the netting). If your female is diuranl, than I would reverse the process. I believe current is important but your little ones will be more delicate. You might want to try creating a flow from the bottom of the netting rather than from the sides. I would also recommend putting numerous shells and small LR in the net. Yours will be free swimming for several weeks (pelagic), mine sought the sides and bottom shelter (benthic) right from the beginning. Most tiny hatchlings are born in great numbers, are pelagic and live as plankton for a period of time. Very few survive. Any thing you can come up with to keep them moving about and in contact with food will be a plus. A very few people have successfully bred the small seahorse babies of some species, fewer still the small egg octos but everyone wants to hear of a success story among hobbiests so anything you can find on raising tiny pelagic hatchlings may be helpful and experimentation is encouraged.:fingerscrossed:
 

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dwhatley;101841 said:
Find the smallest food you can (NO BRINE SHRIMP). Cyclop-eeze (frozen) has been excellent for my little brood but they were probably 5 times larger than yours will be and the food is close to the size of new hatched brine. I would advise trying to mash it up with a mortar and pestal to make it as fine as you possibly can. You will need TINY feed and good current, especially if you try frozen. You will also need a breeder net. I found the best way to keep the food moving was to leave my recirculating pump facing the net for half the day (mine are nocturnal) to clear the daily feed and allowed the normal circulation to keep the food suspended during the night (but still mostly within the netting). If your female is diuranl, than I would reverse the process. I believe current is important but your little ones will be more delicate. You might want to try creating a flow from the bottom of the netting rather than from the sides. I would also recommend putting numerous shells and small LR in the net. Yours will be free swimming for several weeks (pelagic), mine sought the sides and bottom shelter (benthic) right from the beginning. Most tiny hatchlings are born in great numbers, are pelagic and live as plankton for a period of time. Very few survive. Any thing you can come up with to keep them moving about and in contact with food will be a plus. A very few people have successfully bred the small seahorse babies of some species, fewer still the small egg octos but everyone wants to hear of a success story among hobbiests so anything you can find on raising tiny pelagic hatchlings may be helpful and experimentation is encouraged.:fingerscrossed:
Thanks for the advise. I will have lots of ?'s to ask, stay tuned. I was going to try to feed them Reef Nutrition stuff. I don't know if it is small enough. They have several products from live to concentrate. I am going to sell there products online. Check out their website and tell me what you think i could use. www.reefnutrition.com. I also contacted Cyclop-eeze so i could sell their stuff to. Let me know if you need something. I will keep you posted on the :baby:'s. Thanks for your help and future help. :smile:
 

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Please let me know when you are selling cyclop-eeze and if you can beat DrsFosterandSmith's pricing. I am very close to needing more and it is now one of those things I will not be without. If you will not have it available in the next week, I will need to order but I buy it about twice a year (two of the large packages).

I like the phytofeast but had a disaster with it once with some premie seahorses (born early in shipment of the father). Watch your water parms! I put too much in the tank and they were dead in an hour. I still think it may work with the horses but not in a small tank. Possibly with a large tank and breeder net and in small quantities at one time. The horses did not stand much of a chance to begin with but the pollution from too much "food" killed them. Interestingly enough, I only put a small amount in my cull tank (malformed group) and they survived and lived a few days when they should have died almost immediately. One even began to swim. In the end they all perished. The product I had on hand was not fresh but had been kept refrigerated. I have had good luck with it as food for my soft corals but since using the Cyclop-eeze (much easier on the tank) I have not repurchased. The phytofeast is closer to the size (almost liquid) that you will need. I have not tried the Rotifeast but it may also be small enough and may not pollute as easily. If you are going to sell it, I would recommend experimenting with two groups and seeing if you get a different result. Any success you may have may also cross apply to seahorse fry. Please keep us posted even if it is a disaster. If my memory is correct, the babies reported have never lived a full week.

Please let me know (PM or open forum announcement) when you start selling the products a link to your online site.

I am looking forward to your attempts!
 

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dwhatley;101895 said:
Please let me know when you are selling cyclop-eeze and if you can beat DrsFosterandSmith's pricing. I am very close to needing more and it is now one of those things I will not be without. If you will not have it available in the next week, I will need to order but I buy it about twice a year (two of the large packages).

I like the phytofeast but had a disaster with it once with some premie seahorses (born early in shipment of the father). Watch your water parms! I put too much in the tank and they were dead in an hour. I still think it may work with the horses but not in a small tank. Possibly with a large tank and breeder net and in small quantities at one time. The horses did not stand much of a chance to begin with but the pollution from too much "food" killed them. Interestingly enough, I only put a small amount in my cull tank (malformed group) and they survived and lived a few days when they should have died almost immediately. One even began to swim. In the end they all perished. The product I had on hand was not fresh but had been kept refrigerated. I have had good luck with it as food for my soft corals but since using the Cyclop-eeze (much easier on the tank) I have not repurchased. The phytofeast is closer to the size (almost liquid) that you will need. I have not tried the Rotifeast but it may also be small enough and may not pollute as easily. If you are going to sell it, I would recommend experimenting with two groups and seeing if you get a different result. Any success you may have may also cross apply to seahorse fry. Please keep us posted even if it is a disaster. If my memory is correct, the babies reported have never lived a full week.

Please let me know (PM or open forum announcement) when you start selling the products a link to your online site.

I am looking forward to your attempts!
I have not heard back from Cyclop-eeze yet. I think i am going to contact them today by phone if i can. May be i will leave Reef nutrition alone i don't like products that screw up tanks. Price wise i will hook you up if i can on the Cyclop-eeze. Thanks for your help.
 

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