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« posted: 1 year ago »
Hi All,
I have been going through a lot lately, multiple week long hospitalization, surgery, complications from surgery, then c.diff from being on prolonged  antibiotics.

So my seahorse tank suffered!!!!!! My cleaning routine stopped..

Now my two tiger-tail seahorses have multiple skin lesions 😣😢😣 since nothing new had been added to tank, and the feeding and food has remained the same.  It is clear that a dirty tank led to skin infections.

As I am still under the weather, I decided to start with a conservative approach.  60% water change, New carbon, cleaned protein skimmer, removed decorative items for better flow.  I have full medical supplies, spare tank if needed.

Now three days later, the spots are reduced by half!!!! And remaining ones are much improved.  Also during this time seahorses remained eating and dancing.  Will do a n other big water change today or tomorrow.  Only my tiger-tail seahorses were effected, the two erectus are fine. 

So for all of us who break with disease,  remember bad husbandry is most likely culprit!!! Just like myself and others have lectured on time and again.  I was bad, and I thought I could get away with it! But even in a stable established aquarium, you have to clean clean and keep up with water changes!!! Will keep you posted
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« Reply #1 posted: 1 year ago »
Hi Laurasea,
I am sorry that you were dealing with your own health issues and then to compound it with skin issues for the seahorses must have been discouraging.

I am really glad that water changes and some other maintenance took care of the issue and that the ponies are doing better now.

Seahorses just don't seem to offer us the luxury of ever relaxing our vigilance on maintenance.  Kudos to you for immediately making the necessary changes to turn the situation around.
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« Reply #2 posted: 1 year ago »
Laurasea

I am hoping for a speedy recovery for both you and your tigertails
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
Thank you both! I will be 100% when seahorses are 100%!!! Pic of skin infection, as of now, there were several of these now down to this. Feel so guilty...

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« Reply #4 posted: 1 year ago »
I always feel guilty when either of my seahorses gets a skin mark also but we can't prevent every single issue.  We are human with energy and time constraints and some times things are going to happen when we are limited. 
You did not choose to be hospitalized, and then have complications.  You are a very conscientious, caring seahorse keeper and you do your best.  Your ponies are lucky to be owned by you so give yourself some grace.
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
Vlangel thank you for support!! This tank is 4 years old and I have never had any illness in it before!!

Now a new development!! I witnessed my tail spot blenny nip my tiger-tail in the exact spot of the (infection??)  The spots are all on the top line of the tiger-tails.....  they grow algae..... a there blenny eats algae... or is just nipping them...

So a poll, is my blenny responsible for my problem???!  What do you all think??
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« Reply #6 posted: 1 year ago »
I think you have found the problem.  I have heard of other seahorse keepers complain of blennies using their algae scraping tooth to scrape seahorse's skin.  I bet that is what caused the initial injury.
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One tiger-tail healed one to go!
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One tiger-tail healed one to go!
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« Reply #9 posted: 1 year ago »
Glad to hear they're doing better! These things can sneak up on you. I've certainly had my share of putting off maintenance for healthy and sanity and had it go badly. I agree with vlangel's sentiment. We're only human. We can only do so much - as long as we're doing our best and recognize our limits, that's what out pets need.

It could be the blenny for sure. There are so many people that have had trouble with blennies and seahorses for that exact reason.
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« Reply #10 posted: 1 year ago »
All seahorses doing great.  Did aquarium maintenance, many water changes, but didn't treat.  Also moved the blenny home to different spot in tank just in case he was the problem.  Also added a power head, as the old one broke.  I am also doing great as well.
😁 added a photo I played with for fun
Couldn't catch the tiger tail girls in a picture so these are some of my erectus.  Ok just got some tiger tail girl pictures!! The one with pink is when I applied auto color lol but love it! And had to add Rio my reidi

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