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The animals get to eat those delicious red shrimp \u00a0coming out of our shrimp pond which are full of long chain fatty acids which are essential to reproduction in seahorses. \u00a0They have that clean, cold water that always runs through the system; we don\u2019t recirculate the water, so you know they\u2019re really happy. \u00a0It\u2019s a really good place for these dragons.\u201d Schmarr and Ocean Rider has since joined the ranks of those \u201ccoming close\u201d, publishing video of mating behavior as well as egg production, within their Hawaiian facility as of March & April 2013. As reported on Facebook: \u201cMar 26, 2013 4:59pm:\u00a0Exciting news on the farm! Our leafy Seadragons are displaying mating behaviors. The female is swollen with eggs and keeps following the male in attempts to lay them on his brooding patch. We see them going to the surface, swimming side by side in a courting dance. 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As disclosed on their website, \u201cOcean Rider does NOT disclose its breeding technology , grow-out technology, or species names of their famous sea horses for proprietary reasons.\u201d This closed stance has been a source of frustration among some private aquarists, but perhaps these recent videos are a sign of relaxing this policy. The entire public aquarium and academic sphere has been chipping away at the husbandry and breeding of sea dragons for some time, and no doubt their published successes and failures has helped provide insights to the team at Ocean Rider \u2013 we\u2019re optimistic that we\u2019re seeing that spirit of transparency and a communal knowledge base perhaps taking root at Ocean Rider. \u00a0If nothing else, we can\u2019t wait to see the first captive-bred Leafy Sea Dragons, whoever accomplishes this feat first! \u00a0Looks like Ocean Rider is definitely in the running. 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Leafy Sea Dragons Mating at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

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Leafy Sea Dragon photographed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Image by Joseph C. Boone/Creative Commons

 Ocean Rider, based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is well known in the sygnathid community for their commercial propagation efforts with seahorses.  What might not be as widely known is the research and development work being done with the related sea dragons, specifically the Leafy Sea Dragon, Phycodurus eques.  Reports of successful captive breeding for the related Weedy Sea Dragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, are rare but documented. Meanwhile, the Leafy Sea Dragon apparently has never been successfully spawned and reared in captivity, this despite rumors to the contrary that MORE:Leafy Sea Dragons Mating at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

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