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Hi!

I posted a video of my seahorse acting strange in Reddit and they recommended I come here. :) I’ll also attach the Reddit link with the video at the bottom of this post as well. So the issue is he has been upside down and seems to have trouble being upright. He floats to the top and lodges himself between the filter and the wall floating at the top. To give some background: the seahorse is a rescue that was dropped off at our door. We don’t know the age or species he is. We’ve had him for a few months now and he’s been totally fine until we had a salinity problem about a week ago where an intern increased his tank salinity from 29-30 to 35-37. It was high for less than 20 hours I would say. We corrected it the next day with a water change of much lower salinity and got it back down but he seems to be acting this way since. He’s has been in a 10-15 gallon tank with a bubbler, a filter, and I just did a carbon change today. He gets fed daily. If anyone has any advice please let me know!

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Keke

 
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Hi!

I posted a video of my seahorse acting strange in Reddit and they recommended I come here. :) I’ll also attach the Reddit link with the video at the bottom of this post as well. So the issue is he has been upside down and seems to have trouble being upright. He floats to the top and lodges himself between the filter and the wall floating at the top. To give some background: the seahorse is a rescue that was dropped off at our door. We don’t know the age or species he is. We’ve had him for a few months now and he’s been totally fine until we had a salinity problem about a week ago where an intern increased his tank salinity from 29-30 to 35-37. It was high for less than 20 hours I would say. We corrected it the next day with a water change of much lower salinity and got it back down but he seems to be acting this way since. He’s has been in a 10-15 gallon tank with a bubbler, a filter, and I just did a carbon change today. He gets fed daily. If anyone has any advice please let me know!

Thanks,
Keke

I think he may have pouch emphysema. I think we’re going to go forward and perform a pouch evacuation tomorrow to help relieve him of the gas imbalance. If anyone has any better suggestions or can confirm this please let me know :)
 
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Hi!

I posted a video of my seahorse acting strange in Reddit and they recommended I come here. :) I’ll also attach the Reddit link with the video at the bottom of this post as well. So the issue is he has been upside down and seems to have trouble being upright. He floats to the top and lodges himself between the filter and the wall floating at the top. To give some background: the seahorse is a rescue that was dropped off at our door. We don’t know the age or species he is. We’ve had him for a few months now and he’s been totally fine until we had a salinity problem about a week ago where an intern increased his tank salinity from 29-30 to 35-37. It was high for less than 20 hours I would say. We corrected it the next day with a water change of much lower salinity and got it back down but he seems to be acting this way since. He’s has been in a 10-15 gallon tank with a bubbler, a filter, and I just did a carbon change today. He gets fed daily. If anyone has any advice please let me know!

Thanks,
Keke


Welcome to Reef2Reef!

If the tank salinity was increased rapidly, that could have been a major stress event. If it went up over a few days, it probably isn't related to this issue.

Now that it is in a smaller tank, you need to monitor that tank closely for ammonia (unless it has a properly operating biofilter).

Based on the floating symptoms, it probably is pouch emphysema. I've "degassed" many of these cases, going back to the mid-1980's, and I'm sorry to report the issue almost always returns. I've used Acetazolamide to treat gas bubble disease and it works great....for a time, but the symptoms usually return.

In the end, I've been so frustrated with this issue that I've stopped getting male seahorses...

Sorry!

Jay
 

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