Re:bloated pinto

Pete Giwojna

Dear hobbyist:

Ahh, I see — if your Sunburst is also a male then we certainly can rule out the possibility it of pregnancy! If Dr. Belli can do a laboratory analysis of the fluid you aspirate, I still take a needle aspiration would be a very wise procedure in your case. A culture of any bacteria present in the pouch fluid will indicate the proper medication to cure your Pinto without any guesswork whatsoever. That way, if he doesn’t respond to the neomycin + triples sulfa, you’ll know exactly what antibiotics will work. A needle aspiration is simple and straightforward to perform, and is virtually painless for the seahorse.

Okay, that was good thinking to discontinue the Diamox. Otherwise, the treatment regimen you have begun is perfectly appropriate and I would continue to complete the full 10-day regimen of neomycin + triples sulfa while you are waiting for Marty’s report on the fluid you aspirate.

Yes, I think you can go ahead and treat the Sunburst in the hospital tank along with your Pinto. Since they are tankmates, they have both been exposed to the same pathogen(s) already, and should both benefit from the same treatment regimen.

Best of luck resolving this problem.

Pete Giwojna

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