Re:Problem or Just a Weak Swimmer?


Hello again Pete,

Well, unfortunately I continue to have problems with this little seahorse. As you know she has had a very weak snick for the past four to six weeks (I’ve lost track now) and it doesn’t appear to be improving at all. She misses horribly most times she tries to snick but even if she is on the mark it is often too weak to suck anything up. She seems to have resorted to ‘breathing in’ the brine shrimp and then swallowing it once it is in her mouth. I have tried putting her into a small floating breeder tank at the top of the main tank and offering her a bunch of enriched brine shrimp, which was very successful the first time or two but she seems to be losing interest.

Compounding the problem is her lack of balance or coordination in the water, she flops all over the place and lays flat sometimes, it seems to be getting harder for her to keep herself upright. Whether this is the swim bladder disorder worsening or general weakness from not eating enough, I’m not sure…

Generally I am very frustrated and at a loss as to what to do with her. Any thoughts? You mentioned hyposalinity if the anti-parasitic treatment didn’t help, would you still recommend trying that?

Thanks Pete,

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