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Sick Seahorse

« posted: 2 years ago »
Just noticed these patches on my seahorse. She's eating and acting fine. Anybody know what's wrong and how to treat it? Thanks.

« Last Edit: 2 years ago by JuliaB97 »

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« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
It appears to me that those patches have started to erode her skin which is generally bacterial.  I would move her to a QT and lower the temperature to 68-70 degrees if possible and treat with furan 2.  If you have access to live brine shrimp or live ghost or mysis shrimp I would gut load those with an antibiotic as well and feed them to her.

I would also do some big water changes in your display tank and do a deep clean, (baste and blow off detritus from rock work, wipe down all the walls of the tank, clean all filter socks and filter pads to eliminate any beds of nasty bacteria).  That way if you have other seahorses hopefully they will not succumb to infections and the tank will be ready for her return when she improves.
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
Sorry, I forgot to post how to treat with the furan 2.  Make up new salt water matching the ph to that of the display tank.  I do not use any filters in my QT, only an open airline tube for oxygenating.  The water changes will keep the water quality acceptable.  Use 1 packet of furan 2 per 10 gallons of water.  In 24 hours do a 50% water change and replace with new salt water with furan 2 in it.  Then in 24 more hours do a 100% water change with furan 2.  Treat like this for 5 days.  Evaluate and repeat treatment sequence if the patches are not gone. 
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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
In the second photo she appears very thin.  Can you repost a new picture just to make sure isn't the light and shadows making her look so underweight.  In the first picture I see small bubbles on her skin, this can be external gass bubble disease a sign of infection.  But I hope she just went through some bubbles in the tank and they just temporarily stuck to her.  Please check this.  Check the tank for anything abrasive that she maybe rubbing her skin on.  In addition have you noticed her rubbing or scratching her self? This can be a sign of parasites.   So sorry you have a sick girl!#!  Check all values for your tank, and let us know temp, pH, salinity, nitrate, nitrite.   I agree to a big water change today, forty to fifty percent.  Make sure to mix, airate match temp and salinity.   Get it mixing so you can do water change in about six hours. 

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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
Sadly I won't be able to do anything till tomorrow. I don't know anything about tank water changing. It's my dad's tank and he's been gone for work but he will be home tomorrow to take care of her. But thank you for the advice. I'm sure my dad will find it very helpful.
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
I agree with Laurasea she looks very concave in the second picture of your first post. I can only hope for the best for your seahorse she does not look good.
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
Well you said she is eating so that is very good.  What do you feed her, and how much and how ofton? I saw a fire fish in one photo, are there other fish?  I would recommend feeding at least 5-6 PE mysis twice a day, if she wants more let her have them.  She looks like a juvenile, and mine ate quite a lot while growing then tapered off as adults.   I didn't see bubbles under her skin in these new pictures so that is good too.   It may be your  father's tank, but I hope he will teach you how to test and make water.  It is clear you care about your seahorses well being.  We all just ask questions so we can better help you :).   We have all had troubles with our horses at kne time or another, and want to help.   
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« Reply #7 posted: 2 years ago »
Look at Alyssa's pictures of her healthy weight seahorses.  It can be hard to train your eye to see good condition in a seahorse.  But notice the rectangular plates are filled in on a healthy seahorse, or even slightly rounded out.   Tami also has many great articles on seahorse keeping on the home page, I hope you take the time to read them all lol. I go back and read them over again myself just incase I can learn more.   
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« Reply #8 posted: 2 years ago »
We feed her a cube of frozen mysis twice a day. I don't know the names of all the fish in there with her but my dad checked to make sure they were okay in there with her l. And they don't seem to eat a lot of the food. There are 4 other fish in the tank with her. We will definitely be reading a lot more about seahorses now that we know about this website. Thank you so much for the help! :)
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« Reply #9 posted: 2 years ago »
Julia,  I am sure the fish are compatible if your dad checked.  But even compatible fish can out compete a slow eating seahorse.  Ways to make sure she gets enough is to train her to eat from a feeding station.  Other fish have a harder time eating from a bowl and gives her enough chance to eat more. Another way is to use a turkey baster or tongs to target feed her.  She is thin so she is not getting enough.  It can take time and effort to get enough food to her, if you are feeding the smaller mysis she can eat almost a whole cube herself twice a day, but you can break down and feed several times a day.  If you feed the larger PE mysis Energetic make sure you see her eat 3-5 twice a day and read about enriching food.   Making sure she gets enough food and offering live enriched  food and even enriching the frozen mysis will keep her strong and healthy.   It is most likely being under feed, or lacking vitamins and fatty acids that has led to her infection.   And if the water is too warm.  The pictures showed nice mature live rock.  But even if all values are good doing frequent bkg water changes are important.  If she has a bacterial skin infection you must do water changes.  I would recommend a uv light sterilizer added to the tank as well.   Please ask any questions, we want you to get her healthy and keep her heslthy
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« Reply #10 posted: 2 years ago »
Any word on your seahorse JuliaB97?
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« Reply #11 posted: 2 years ago »
She is doing much better! Her patches are clearing up and going away! My dad has been cleaning the tank and everything seems to be getting back to normal.
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« Reply #12 posted: 2 years ago »
Good to here. Keep us informed about her progress.
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She is doing much better! Her patches are clearing up and going away! My dad has been cleaning the tank and everything seems to be getting back to normal.
That is great news and I am very glad to hear it!
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