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Aquarium maintenance (Tigertail)

« posted: 9 months ago »
Hi all,

Previously my seahorses (well ard 5) are all striving at the beginning of the year.
It even give birth 3-4 times of baby seahorse.

But not sure why this month, they started dying 1 by 1.
Notice that their tail is injured. Attack by fishes?? I only kept angel fish.

Is anything I need to test for my tank daily/ monthly??
I only test level of saltiness and the PH.

Urgently need help...
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Re: Aquarium maintenance (Tigertail)

« Reply #1 posted: 9 months ago »
I am sorry that you are experiencing this problem, norika.  I would probably do several 25% water changes close together as a start, (just in case there is a problem with your water).  I would like to ask some questions to get a more accurate picture of your seahorse situation.

How long have you had your seahorses?
What size tank do you have and how many seahorses did you keep in it?
How often and what size water change do you do as your regular maintenance routine?
What sort of filtration do you have?
Do you have powerheads and what kind?
Do you have any crabs for a clean up crew?
Did you see any symptoms or signs of illness before the seahorses died?
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Re: Aquarium maintenance (Tigertail)

« Reply #2 posted: 9 months ago »
Hi vlangel,

I had my seahorse for 2 years already. And they are in 2ft tank.
I change my tank water every 2 month.
What sort of filtration do you have? [color=red helium filter
Do you have any crabs for a clean up crew? no
Did you see any symptoms or signs of illness before the seahorses died? their tail all start to rot
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« Reply #3 posted: 9 months ago »
Its very hard to diagnose from afar but my gut reaction is that your seahorse contracted a bacterial infection.  Those are generally the result of a water quality problem.  Organics and detritus can build up in the tank and pathogenic bacteria begin to grow and can attack the seahorses.

I feel like a water change every 2 months is long between changes.  I would increase the frequency of changing your water.
The best way to combat the build up of organics and detritus is to lower the temperature to below 74F, wipe down all the glass surfaces in the tank, do multiple water changes over a few days time and change and clean all filters. 

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Re: Aquarium maintenance (Tigertail)

« Reply #4 posted: 9 months ago »
I agree with the diagnosis of a bacterial infection. As mentioned, it usually comes from deteriorating water conditions that can reach problematic levels over a period of time that varies with the husbandry protocol and temperature of the tank.
You have done well to manage this long without problems with your present protocol.
I personally prefer to go to extremes in husbandry because seahorses don't all have the same tolerances, even within the same species, and, with NO WAY to test for the deteriorating water that causes the problem (there are no test kits available to the hobby for this) I'd rather overdo than under-perform for husbandry. 
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First thing I'd suggest now would be to place any remaining seahorses with even the slightest indication of the tail rot,  in a ten gallon hospital tank with aeration and hitches and treat with Furan II. Do 50% daily water change replacing the Furan II for that amount daily. Don't treat for less than one week and I've had no problems going for up to three weeks. Slowly lower the temperature to 68F or at least get it to 74F or lower to restrict bacterial growth and expansion. The healing process will take a long time, and, sometimes the seahorses loose the tip of their tails.
The second step is to improve the water conditions in the tank. This means a THOROUGH cleaning of everything  including the glass, decor, and especially the mechanical filtration pads/collectors.
FYI, size of tank recommendation is a minimum 29g for each PAIR of seahorses, with a minimum 15g extra for each additional pair. However Dan Underwood of seahorsesource.com recommends a strait 29/30g for EACH PAIR regardless of how many pairs.  i.e. two pairs=60g
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« Reply #5 posted: 9 months ago »
Any updates?
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