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In The Wild / Re: Hairy Ghost Pipefish
« Last post by LandonS on 1 year ago »
That's a beautiful Pipefish you have there!
How is your male seahorse's tail?  Is it improving?
Disease & Illness / Re: Help there's something on his tail
« Last post by rayjay on 1 year ago »
Yes, eating is very good when battling other problems.
You could join this facebook page and post pictures on it. They are all seahorse people on it, including Tami that runs this site.
Yeah I went away for a week and this is what I had come back to.
He's been in the hospital tank for about 5 days now with the furan II treatment. I'm doing a water change on him now and he seems very depressed (poor little guy). He's still eating which is good.

Fusedjaws images are still down though "News: Images are broken. Working to fix that but it may be a couple days...."
Its so strange looking, it looks almost like pimples with a red rash around it.
Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by vlangel on 1 year ago »
I am always wary of medical machines that I don't understand and their possible side effects.  My husband lost his leg due to the side effects of radiation on the wound site where a cancer was removed.  Of course since the cancer has never come back in 15 years, it was not a bad trade off.
Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by schlegelii on 1 year ago »
With digital xrays and knowledge of the machine it would be a single xray with low exposure from radiation. I'm sure the effects would be extremely limited.
Disease & Illness / Re: Help there's something on his tail
« Last post by rayjay on 1 year ago »
Hospital tank sounds good right now.
Can you provide some close up detail pictures of the affected areas? If the problem is bacterial, then the Furan II is good to use again, but if it seems to be bubbles under the surface you may need to treat with Diamox. Sometimes you can get away without Diamox if you do daily water changes in the hospital tank with new water not old water, and the problem goes away.
If I was having this problem I would assume that I've not done sufficient husbandry to prevent problems like bacterial infestations and/or internal chemistry faults. As there are no known test kits to tell you when the water has reached this point, it basically boils down to doing extreme cleaning and water changes. Usually it develops over time, many weeks or many months.
I believe in larger and more frequent water changes than any reef tank would require, and, removal of all detritus from in and around rockwork/decor by blasting with a turkey baster or spare powerhead and removing the dislodged crap.
It also means mechanical filtration should be cleaned every 7 to 10 days.
I personally don't like using canister filtration on seahorse tanks because it's not so simple to clean out and in my case it sometimes gets missed if I'm in a bit of a lazy streak. A few missed cleanouts that don't occur in time and the bacteria have food and bedding to propagate.
Hello all,

The other day I noticed something on one of my males tails. He is a Hippocampus erectus and is about two years old and home raised. Around the middle of his tail it looks a little swollen, pink and "bumpy." He is eating just fine, using his tail as normal and breathing normal.
I just lost a seahorse about two weeks ago to some form of infection which I had put in a hospital tank and medicated with furan II and soaked his food in focus.
I just completely cleaned out the canister filter in the main tank, added a new carbon bag,clean all decorations, did a huge water change and checked out my sump for anything.
I think I will move him to the hospital tank and go from there with suggestions.
I have pictures but they aren't posting.

Any help would be incredibly appreciated!
Thank you!
Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by vlangel on 1 year ago »
I would be interested in a library of Seahorse xrays, but like Rayjay I have concerns about the negative effects of subjecting seahorses to xrays.
Misc Seahorse & Syngnathid Info / Re: Seahorse Xray
« Last post by leliataylor on 1 year ago »
Establishing a file of x-rays of normal of seahorses is a starting point to begin establishing a data base. It would be one more diagnostic tool.
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