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  • Syngnathid Symposium 2011

    Pygmy Seahorse By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 11/12/2011

    The the second Syngnathid Symposium was held the first week in November in Chicago at the Shedd aquarium. 92 delegates from all over the world gathered to discuss current issues with seahorses, sea dragons, pipefish and other syngnathids. Topics discussed … Continue reading

  • Reproductive Husbandry of the Weedy Sea Dragon

    Weedy Seadragon in the wild. Photo courtesy of saspotato via flickr. By Kristy L. Forsgren | Date posted: 07/04/2009

    Due to the difficulty and cost associated with maintaining sea dragons in captive environments, reproductive success and rearing of hatchlings has never been documented. During the summer of 2001, two weedy sea dragons became pregnant at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Continue reading

  • Leafy Seadragon, Phycodurus eques

    Seadragons in captivity. By Paula Branshaw Carlson | Date posted: 05/29/2009

    The Leafy seadragon, Phycodurus eques, the most ornate member of the family Syngnathidae, has long been known to aquarists as one of the most beautiful and unique of all the fishes. Found only in Southern and Western Australian waters, the Leafy seadragon is a master of camouflage. Named for the dragons of Chinese myth, this relative of the pipefishes and seahorses is named for the leaf-like appendages that adorn its body. Continue reading

  • Sedating, Tube Feeding, Injections and CPR for Seahorses

    From left to right, back row: scale, air pump, sterile water, 28 gauge syringe, syringe and catheter, cup of liquid food, "dummy" seahorse, antibiotic, clove oil, small vial Front Row: Pan with tank water and clove oil, air line, syringe and catheter with fresh seawater, pan with fresh seawater. By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 02/20/2004

    One particular problem serious seahorse keepers and breeders face is lack of veterinary support. Some vets are willing to try to help, but most turn seahorse keepers away due to lack of aquatic animal experience. The hobbyist is then left with the choice of letting their beloved pets waste away, or attempting to try advanced care techniques themselves. This article is for those hobbyists who feel its necessary to go the extra mile in supportive care for their seahorses. Continue reading