Weedy Seadragons spawn for Hong Kong aquarist

by Owen James

Weedy seadragons in captivity

Weedy seadragons in captivity

There are some advanced marine aquarists around the world who consider the weedy seadragon the Holy Grail of fishkeeping. Rightly protected in Australia, this relative of the seahorse is currently only really available to aquatic institutions such as public aquariums.

In recent years, however, a few more weedy seadragons have been distributed via Australian breeders to a few dedicated aquarists (at a heart attack price). And now a pair of these have bred for their Hong Kong-based owner, known by his Internet handle as ‘coralfriend’.

Coralfriend says he imported the Weedy Seadragons two years ago, but the fish have only just started to breed. He doesn’t think the eggs are being fertilised, however:

My male (presumably) leafy is not yet ready and all eggs go to the bottom of the tank. The colour of the eggs is golden yellow and the size is similar to salmons egg. I hope that some days I [succeed] in breeding them.

The eggs look very large:

Coralfriend's weedy seadragon eggs

Coralfriend's weedy seadragon eggs

The fish are kept in their own species aquarium, and are fed live food all day long.

He’s also posted the following video of his seadragons:

CoralFriend is no ordinary aquarist – he has access to live lab cultured shrimp for starters. He also reveals his scientific leanings by analysing his fish’s poo. He writes:

I noticed that the faeces of dragon has the same colour after they eat mysid and shrimp larvae. The consistency is also the same. But the faeces of dragon becomes red in colour and is more firm in consistency after they feed on freshwater shrimp . I think that fresh water shrimp is hard to digest and the nutritional content is very different from seawater shrimp and mysid.

You can discover more from CoralFriend’s website about his seadragons, or get a few more details in this thread about the weedy seadragons.

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Walter 07.21.08 at 10:54 am

oh man those are the bomb! hope he breeds them soon so we can all keep them like seahorses!

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