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Old 06/29/2018, 10:53 AM   #1
Shrimplady
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Is there hope for my lined seahorses?

Hi everyone. So I started using this new type of food for my two lined seahorses. It is very oily and I believe freshwater derived. But because of the oil film in the water I found both of my seahorses hitching and laying down, labored breathing. I put them in a separate tank with new water and I'm wondering if there is any way to save them. Any time I put my finger in they grasp tightly and seem as though they have some energy but then float to the bottom They have been in this new tank for 12 hours and I put them in there right away when I found them like that. Advice? Freshwater dip?

thanks in advance


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Old 06/29/2018, 02:30 PM   #2
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Do you have strong aeration on the new tank? Seahorses have a less efficient gill structure that is not as good as most marine fish. As a result they need to be in tank's with good aeration. Putting an open airline is a good way to know that the tank is off gassing enough. A good protein skimmer also helps aerate the water.

If the new tank was not cycled and you are not doing daily water changes they could be suffering from ammonia poisoning. Umfortunately, there is just not enough info to make an informed decision as to what is wrong.


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