Hi, I am new to this community and to caring for seahorses. I have two h.kuda's one male and one female. The male is very active and eats frozen mysis with no issues. My female from the day we brought her home has given us a hard time with just about everything (they were brought home at different times). When we first brought her home about 3 weeks ago she did not eat the frozen mysis at all so we became worried. My bf noticed that she seemed to be scratching on our live rock so we gave her a fresh water dip and then a dip in some methylene blue. She seemed fine after that but she still would not eat the frozen mysis. After a couple days we noticed her hunting on our rocks as we have copepods and amphipods in our tank so we figured she only eats live food and decided to make sure we maintain a healthy amount of live food for her. About a week ago we started to slowly transferring our small 10 gallon reef tank to a cycled 50 gallon tank. We hadn't even got to transferring the seahorses yet as we were taking it slow when we noticed the female was staying at the bottom of the tank (which turned into laying at the bottom of the tank). We gave her a couple days and noticed it wasnt getting better so after moving everyone else over we decided to buy a new stock of tiger pods and insert them into the tank to see if she was still eating but we didn't notice her eat at all. We then researched and thought she may have intestinal parasites as we have seen what we believe maybe stringy white fecal matter. We purchased API's General Cure and are currently treating her in 10 gallon hospital tank with perfect water levels (we had it checked at the local aquarium store). So last night i noticed that her abdomen looked larger than normal and she is still at the bottom of the tank not moving very much but still breathing (sometimes it seems like heavy breathing and other times not so much). I am completely baffled as to what is wrong with her. She still has 2 days left of treatment so maybe it will resolve but the fact that her belly has grown is alarming to me.
I have clicked around many different forums looking for someone who may have had the same issue but its usually the male kuda that has the problem and it is surrounding its pouch. Help is definitely needed. Thanks.