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January 23, 2006 at 4:45 am #732RicoMember
I am new to seahorses. I have a pair of what I was told are Kellogi horses. They are doing great and have been eating very well for the 2 weeks I have had them. My concern is that the male has a patch on his back right below the doral fin that looks like the skin is decaying and the underlying tissue is whitish in color. From what I have read in this forum I believe it is a case of white patch and can be treated topically with betadine. I have a good picture of this and would like to post it or send to someone who can provide an expert opinon. Unfortunately this forum does not have photo posting capability. Is there a contact where I can send the picture?
RickJanuary 24, 2006 at 4:11 pm #2259Pete GiwojnaGuest
I have no personal experience with Hippocampus kelloggi but over the last couple of decades I have seen my share of seahorses with skin erosions or open lesions such as you describe. Most often these are due to bacterial infections such as marine ulcer disease (Vibriosis) or white patch disease (Myxobacteria) or mixed infections, and require treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics in isolation.
A picture would be most helpful in diagnosing the likely cause of your problem. If you would like to send me a photograph of the infected area below your seahorse’s dorsal fin, I would be happy to share my thoughts on this condition with you and to suggest a possible course of treatment. Send the photo(s) to me at the following address:
Best of luck resolving this problem, Ricky! I would be very interested in hearing how your H. kelloggi fare over the long-term. Do you know if yours are captive bred or wild-caught, Rick?
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