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Old 04/20/2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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Replacing Seahorse

I just lost my male H. Erectus after 20 months. This was my first non-mechanical issue death in one of my tanks in over 4 years. He battled GBD 3-4 times in that period while the female never had it. The pair mated at least 6-7 times in the past, but I never saw any babies in the tank. I would like to replace him and wondered if there would be any problems with trying to replace a partner to a mated pair. Do I need to wait a certain amount of time or get one right away?

Four legs good. Two legs better.

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Old 04/20/2017, 04:49 PM   #2
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You can get another one but sometimes they will never pair up and mate. Sometimes they do you just never know.

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Old 04/20/2017, 08:02 PM   #3
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Replacing a mate should not be an issue. We often see seahorses mate with different partners. I would however wait just a bit before replacing it to make sure whatever is going on has settled down. It would suck to get a replacement and then have another loss.

If you were having persistent GBD issues, something is off in the tank. Whoever you are planning on getting the seahorses from, I would review your setup and let them help trouble shoot it so you don't keep having that issue.


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Old 04/20/2017, 09:53 PM   #4
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Speaking only for my own experiences with GBD, it almost always boiled down to insufficient tank cleaning leading to a lesser water quality. There are NO test kits available to the hobby that can tell you when this is happening so it needs to be a proactive step rather than a reactive one after the occurrence.

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