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Re: [Killietalk] Re: Mystery creature
I actually wasn't planning on putting Killies in the seahorse tank, I was thinking of putting the mustery creatures in the the killie tank.
I have a Rivulus marmoratus, I may give him/her some to see if it will eat them. hate to waste anything live that could be food :)
Thanks for the opinions though.
----- Original Message -----
From: CynoNotho at aol_com
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 11:49:40 -0400
To: killietalk at aka_org (killifish discussion list)
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Re: Mystery creature
> In a message dated 6/18/2004 9:49:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time, whuntley at verizon_net writes:
> > The *seahorses* might not last long with some of those, but
> > I bet most
> > would find the seahorse tank very comfortable. :-)
> Having kept seahorses and killifish (albeit separately) I can with no reservations state that some killifish would be aggressive with seahorses The pugnacity of Jordenella floridae is well documented. It wouldn't take long or much effort for J. floridae to rip the delicate fins of any seahorse.
> If for argument sake, the aggressiveness was put aside; it still would be unwise to mix any killifish with seahorses. Being a sessile organism, the seahorse moves very slowly through the water. It needs to spot its' food at close range; line up its' long snout and draw up that food one piece at a time. Usually, the food is live brine shrimp or for large adult seahorses, new born mollies or guppies. Occasionally, I have trained seahorses to eat frozen brine shrimp by mixing it with live brine shrimp and having a small, light current move all the shrimp.
> The feeding process is exceedingly slow and time consuming.
> Any killifish (or any other fish) in that aquarium would scarf up all the food long before the seahorse would finish its' first or second attempt (the fish would even steal the food from right under the seahorses mouth).
> Anyone keeping seahorses would best be advised to keep similar fish with them...i.e. pipefish or a Mandarin (which I would feed first with larger food).
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