Whats with my Ghost Shrimp???
Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:40 PM
I am posting some pictures here...
If they are indeed tape worm will my trumpet snails and apple snails get them too? whats the remedy?
Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:41 PM
Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:43 PM
In all of the grass shim I've sampled, I've never seen that. I can't say I've sampled any more than the average Joe but I'd get them out of your tank right away. I'm squeamish when it comes to invaders
Me too & ....I started feeling sick thinking they could be tape worm! Yuck! They are in a tiny nano tank with nothing but shrimp and snails....lucky I didnt put them in my main tank...
Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:55 PM
Posted 03 January 2007 - 04:01 PM
Those "things" inside your shrimp made me forget to tell you, those are nice pictures.
Hey Teleost thanks...I just reedited the pics...was too big...whats the general resolution to post pics here? I sized them down to 600x372 pixels...
Posted 03 January 2007 - 04:35 PM
Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:25 PM
Posted 04 January 2007 - 03:45 AM
Medicating the shrimp may prove to be fatal. I would leave it be and hope for the best.
If you intend to have a breeding stock, you may want to start over with new uninfected (preferably non-Wal-Mart) shrimp. It would be best to quarantine the current specimens. Ghost shrimp are fairly long-lived, and capable of living over 10 years.
Posted 04 January 2007 - 02:22 PM
Posted 04 January 2007 - 03:45 PM
Your shrimps' parasite(s) are probably horsehair worms, a close relative to nematodes. (You can find more info about them here) Isolate the shrimp immediately and try dosing with a little iodine.
If you have a microscope lying around when a worm decides to pop out, you might want to take a closer look at it.
He/she is next!
I would think if its an ip wouldn't it affect the big shrimp
Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:12 PM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:40 AM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 02:17 AM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 02:21 AM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:08 PM
I saw last night that the bigge shrimp had lost its white ribbon in its head area and checked carefully and saw a thin white thing about 2 inches long in the bottom...looks like a cat's whisker...I looked carefully and it started to move...so AndrewAcropora, it might actually be a horsehair worm...I hope it is...and nothing else...thanks for posting that link...
Bad news is that the shrimp died...must have left some pretty bad holes in its body as the worm left...
Just saw this on youtube! Horsehair worm...anyone actually seen one in person??? Yikes
warning video not for those with weak stomach!
Posted 05 January 2007 - 06:12 PM
I saw a whole bunch of them in a puddle at a job site here in southwestern Pennsylvania a few months ago. I was there with two colleagues, and none of us could figure out what those things were. After following this link:
Horsehair worm...anyone actually seen one in person??? Yikes
posted above by AndrewAcropora, I realized that is what we had seen some months ago. I sent them the link via e-mail as an FYI, and got back the response "You have too much time on your hands browsing the web. I completely forgot about the puddle, let alone anything swimming in it..." They apparently thought I have been spending months obsessed with figuring out what they were. They don't know that the information just found me here on the forum.
Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:59 PM
Posted 06 January 2007 - 03:19 PM
If you read the University of Minnesota article at:
Does anyone know if this type of worm can infect fish?
you will see "When they are immature, they are parasites of insects, arthropods, and other invertebrate animals. As adults, they are free- living." Apparently, they only infest inverts. Just the same, I think I'd keep infested inverts away from my fish.
Posted 06 January 2007 - 05:43 PM
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