I have babies!
Just wanted to let everyone know that i am now in possesion of 16 newborn hippocampus erectus seahorses. The parents, (two beautiful starburst reds), belong to a good friend of mine. I have known the male was pregnant for about 20 days now and have been preparing for arrival over the last week or so. I went to his house after work for dinner and to my amazement, showed up right after the male had gone into labor. I watched the birth and collected the babys for 5 hours straight, and managed to successfully extract 16 little "colts" that all seem to be in apparent good health. I was very surprised when the male only gave birth to less than 30 young, including a few still births and some runts which i knew would not survive competition in the rearing tank and just left with the parents. Past experiences with hippocampus kuda and hippocampus kellogi had led me to expect close to 50 babys. The young mustangs are currently in a 2 gallon vase with a few small dead seafans for hitching posts and a small airstone inside a plastic tube to prevent the baby's from getting stuck in the current from the bubbles, as well as possibly ingesting air. Unfortunately, I do not own a camera, but i will try my best to find somebody who does. The baby's average about one centimeter from snout to tail, and most have no visible yoke sak. I'm very excited and will do my best to keep you guys updated, as well as get some pictures when I can : )