Reply To: Seahorse not eating and perching at bottom all day

Pete Giwojna

Dear pbohus:

If any of the pet shops or local fish stores near you carry SeaChem Products, then either the SeaChem Kanaplex (active ingredient kanamycin sulfate) or the SeaChem NeoPlex (active ingredient neomycin sulfate) would be useful for this problem, Ann if it were.

If you must find a substitute, be aware that many of the fish medications used to treat freshwater fish are completely useless in a saltwater aquarium. That’s because they are deactivated in the alkaline aquarium water, or are simply not absorbed success story through the skin and gills of the seahorses. So make sure any medication you try is designed for use in saltwater aquariums.

A freshwater dip is helpful when treating seahorses for external parasites, but it is not useful for treating bacterial infections. In fact, if a bacterial or viral or fungal infection is suspected, you should avoid attempting a freshwater dip, since the dipping process is stressful and would not be of any help.

Yes, it is possible that if your female has an infection of some sort, and it is contagious, the new stallion could possibly be affected even though he seems to be healthy and doing very well at the moment. If he were stressed for any reason, that would weaken his immune system and leave him susceptible to an infectious disease.

Best of luck finding a successful remedy for this situation.

Pete Giwojna

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