Re:Gas Bubble Disease?

Pete Giwojna

Dear hobbyist:

That’s a positive development and very welcome news! I know pouch evacuations are tricky, intimidating procedures, especially the first time you attempt them. It takes a little bit of practice to become proficient at burping the pouch. It sounds like you’re getting the hang of it and that you did a good job of evacuating all of the air from his pouch this time. Hopefully, it was just a simple case of pouch bloat and you have now resolved the problem. Good job!

If the problem does recur and he develops positive buoyancy again, we can always treat him more aggressively with pouch flushes and Diamox at that time. But, if your luck holds, that won’t be necessary (crossing my fingers).

In the meantime, you might try rounding up pouch kit (or a small syringe and catheter) along with some Diamox just in case. Those are very handy items for seahorse keepers to keep on hand for if and when they are needed.

Best of luck with your seahorses!

Pete Giwojna

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