Re:Best treatment for tail rot?


Dear Pete,

I do really appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions…we seahorse fans are so lucky to have access to your wonderful advice!

I have been treating my Brazilian (H. Reidi) with tail rot for the past eight days in quarantine with a combination of neomycin and triple sulfa, but his tail does not seem to be healing. I have been changing 50% of the water daily as per your recommendation. I did "upgrade" him from a 5 gallon to a 10 gallon quarantine bucket just to avoid ammonia problems.

I am wondering if you recommend that I try a different treatment regimen or if I should stick with and continue to use the neomycin & triple sulfa combo?

I do have Kanamycin, Gentamycin, and Nitrofuracin Green (a formulation of Nitrofurazone, Furazolidone, Methylene Blue and sodium chloride) on hand so if you recommend I add or switch medications to any of these it would be no problem at all.

I have been putting Bio-Bandage on his tail twice a day, but it does not seem to be really helping.

But I could easily run to the local fish store and pick up some Debride medicated ointment to rub on his tail (it is used to treat Koi with aeromona and pseudomonas ulcers and lesions) if you think that would be beneficial. Do you know of anyone who has ever tried this product on a seahorse?

Many thanks for any advice you might have!

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