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April 14, 2010 at 8:08 am #1806caroldyMember
Hi Pete. I will get off the chat line now I am on my way (I think). I used diamox with the shrimp rather than doing any needle aspirations. The needle was very difficult on my own (the volunteers did a quick sprint). I cant believe the difference this morning from a very doubtful diamox ingestation.
Last night, the side I had removed the air from was starting to expand and the side I missed was slightly worse than the previous day. I wasnt keen on the needle again.
I didnt have the dosage rates last night but I figured the chance of overdosing with small sized defrosted mysis was pretty small. I only had a one in ten rate of not exploding them (I am going to find some large ones today). I managed to get six very small ones filled. He ate everyone of them out of the end of the syringe, bless him. He is looking almost normal today. It is amazing. Even if I cant find the right shrimp I will continue with the small shrimp.
Thanks for getting my seahorses through the first week of their life with an inexperienced owner.
CarolApril 15, 2010 at 2:35 am #5093Pete GiwojnaGuest
Okay, it sounds like you did a fine job of injecting the frozen Mysis and administering the Diamox orally and it is great to hear that your male is already doing much better. Well done!
I would continue the regimen of Diamox using the proper dosage, but just feeding your stallion two of the larger frozen Mysis that have been injected, or perhaps 3-4 of the smaller frozen Mysis that you have on hand each day.
And I would be prepared to perform a pouch flush on your male after he delivers his latest brood, which should be relatively easy after his sphincter muscle has been stretched out during the birthing process. That will assure that his pouch is cleansed very thoroughly this time, which may help to prevent any further problems with pouch gas.
But if he does develop similar problems with positive buoyancy and pouch emphysema during the course of his subsequent pregnancies, administering the Diamox orally via gut loaded or injected feeder shrimp is a good way to handle the situation.
In your case, Carol, I have an idea that the problems with gas bubble syndrome you have been experiencing are the result of transferring seahorses from from the hyposalinity maintained at the LFS to the higher specific gravity in your home aquarium, so hopefully adjusting the salinity downwards as you have done will protect your seahorses from further problems with GBS.
For future reference, however, you might want to search this forum for the terms preventing GBD or GBD prevention tips, which will bring up posts that explain other measures home hobbyists can take to help minimize future problems with gas bubble disease or gas bubble syndrome.
Best wishes with all your fishes, Carol.
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