Ghost Shrimp Research Paper

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“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” (King James Version, Prov. 12.10). In order to fully regard the life of God’s beasts, we must preserve/facilitate their population so others can look and marvel at God’s creation. Information shows that seahorse populations are commonly vulnerable to heavy exploitation due to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), aquarium trade, and destruction of natural habitats (Allee). The IUCN red list of threatened species tracks animal populations and classifies them based on conservation status. Many species of seahorse such as the Hippocampus Reidi are classified as data deficient; showing there is a lack of research and concern over these disappearing…show more content…
Ghost Shrimp, also called Glass Shrimp, are one of the highest populating shrimp. Ghost Shrimp are scavenger feeders and will accept a wide variety of foods. They are omnivorous and will naturally feed on brush algae and fallen food. Ghost Shrimp are primarily translucent, small and highly active. Ghost Shrimp do an excellent job of cleaning rotting debris and algae; reducing ammonia ppm. Ghost shrimp are high in natural oils and fats, beneficial for coloration and development of seahorses. Ghost Shrimp have a much lower risk of carrying disease than other live feeder species and are also very effective at actively reducing nitrates within the water (Ghostshrimp). Reducing nitrates and keeping the water clean is very important for seahorses as I will explain…show more content…
I will refer to it as a ‘corral’. This corral will be a net that is in a circular shape. It will be open at the bottom and top but be fastened together at the sides. This net should be made with a bio-degradable, net-like material. To get a better image of this think of burlap. This net will have florescent orange floats fastened to the net at the top to keep the net held up in the water and to alert boats of the net. At the bottom of the net, it will have weights to keep it held down in the water. The maximum reported size of the long-snout seahorse is 6.9 inches (17.5 cm) in height (top of the coronet to the end of the stretched out tail). H. Reidi reaches maturity at approximately 3.1 inches (8 cm) in size. The squares in this burlap should be small enough to keep the seahorses in but allow small shrimp and plankton in and out to feed the seahorses. This corral should be positioned over a space of seabed with plenty of seagrass and between a depth of 0-50 meters. Depending on how deep the spot is where you put the net, it will also change the height of the net. I need to point out that this sort of ‘corral’ and raising of Hippocampus reidi did not have any information on the topic that has been officially recorded. This means that when I came up with this corral it was not based off of previous works. It was my original idea. It has never been officially recorded/tried ever before. This

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