Dear James:

Pete Giwojna

Dear James:

Very nice, sir! You did a wonderful job of assembling the new series of photographs, which clearly illustrate the suspicious upraised white bump on the head of the seahorse, and I can see why you would think it might be a new spine developing or a horn growing from the pony’s bony exoskeleton. Well done!

Unfortunately, the new series of photographs only confirm my suspicions that the pimple-like growth is abnormal and should be treated, James. I can tell that the “pimple” is not lymphocystis and is not a fistula, but I cannot determine whether it is the result of protozoan ectoparasites or perhaps a bacterial or fungal lesion, so I would recommend proceeding with the treatments we discussed in my earlier post.

You needn’t be concerned that the treatment regimens will be hard on your seahorses or on the aquarium, sir. I can assure you that the ponies will eat the medicated Mysis quite readily, and to them it will simply be their normal daily feedings, conducted in the main tank as usual. They should not be stressed in any way by these particular treatments or medications, which is why I suggested this approach to begin with, sir.

And since the antiparasitic medication (Seachem Metronidazole) and the antibiotics (Seachem NeoPlex and Seachem Focus) are being administered orally via the seahorses frozen Mysis, they will have no impact whatsoever on your water quality or the biological filtration.

That being the case, it’s best to treat all of the seahorses prophylactically so that if there is indeed any sort of protozoan problem or infection going around, you can nip the problem in the bud before it has an adverse affect on the seahorses.

Best of luck with the treatments, James!

Pete Giwojna, Ocean Rider Tech Support

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