You’re very welcome! It’s great to hear that you have a veterinarian in your area who specializes in exotic pets and is familiar with seahorses and their common ailments — that’s a great resource for any seahorse keeper!
Be advised that problems with pouch gas tends to recur because they are triggered by environmental conditions within the aquarium itself, and if that’s the case with your purple stallion, you may need to treat him with a thorough pouch flush and/or Diamox if the same problem comes back again.
Since this problem caught you unawares, I am thinking that you may benefit by participating in Ocean Rider’s new training program for seahorse keepers. One of the lessons in the training course is devoted entirely to disease prevention and control, so the material in the training program can help you to avoid such problems in the future.
This basic training is very informal and completely free of charge. Ocean Rider provides the free training as a service to their customers and any other hobbyists who are interested in learning more about the care and keeping of seahorses. It’s a crash course on seahorse keeping consisting of 10 separate lessons covering the following subjects, and is conducted entirely via e-mail. There is no homework or examinations or anything of that nature — just a lot of good, solid information on seahorses for you to read through and absorb as best you can, at your own speed:
Aquarium care and requirements of seahorses;
Selecting a suitable aquarium for seahorses;
size (tank height and water volume)
aquarium test kits
Optimizing your aquarium for seahorses;
water movement and circulation
hitching posts (real and artificial)
Cycling a new marine aquarium;
The cleanup crew (aquarium janitors & sanitation engineers);
water quality & water changes
aquarium maintenance schedule
Compatible tank mates for seahorses;
Courtship and breeding;
Rearing the young;
Disease prevention and control;
professional rearing protocols
Acclimating Ocean Rider seahorses.
If you are interested, I will be providing you with detailed information on these subjects and answering any questions you may have about the material I present. I will also be recommending seahorse-related articles for you to read and absorb online.
If you would like to give the seahorse training program try, just send me a quick e-mail off list ([email protected]) with your full name and address, and I will be happy to get you started with the first lesson right away.