Sick seahorse!!!


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My neighbor rescued this guy from a bait box at a fish store. He looks bad but I haveno idea about them. Anyone?? Is he pregnant? Do they pant? He's breathing heavy. Can he be released in our bay,,?? Please! Thank u!



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If you didn't have a tank already set for it, you don't have a cycled tank, the ammonia would make it "pant". You need to do a water change if that's the case....It's a wild caught seahorse, it has to be fed live food, so it's chances of survival is almost nothing.

Bryce E

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I think flower is the seahorse person on this site. Is that a current picture from your tank? If so then I see green algae which is a sign of a cycled tank. So I don't know if that's it Flower. Teresajeanne, can you list all of your current water parameters please?

Also they prefer tanks with low current and even for wild seahorses live foods can be provided. But this can be difficult especially if it's already not doing well.

Is anything else in the tank with it? They are easily stressed.


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Bryce, I did not see the picture...I don't know how I missed that. At least it's in a cycled tank. LOL...I'm not the seahorse person, I think I'm the only one left that keeps them.

The power head it's hitched to is dangerous, the horse can get it's tail injured, it needs a power head that's more closed up. It's stressed if it's breathing heavy. Adult seahorses can handle current, so unless it's getting blowed around and clinging for dear life, it's probably okay. No heater at all, they can get burned since they hitch to everything, and if it's sick with an infection (a strong possibility) you want to drop the temp to 68 if you can.

The problem with wild caught horses are that they only eat live food. So you need to address that. Is it eating? They like amphipods, copepods are too small, Mysis shrimp if they are small enough.

Tropical seahorses need a colder tank, no higher then 74 degrees, most reef tanks are way too warm for them. You can also go to a site called, they are seahorse experts, it's all they attend to.


That looks like a female to me, so not a pregnancy issue!

If your plan is to release into a bay, I guess that would depend on the bay and what other kind of sea life you find there.