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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Baby shrimp or parasite?

I have a 1.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank that is about 3 months old. Tonight I noticed this weird little creature in there and I am wondering what it is. It looks kind of similar to the shrimp but, it is really small, see through with a blue hue and unless its swimming it has a curled up tail section. It also doesn't seem to have the long nose like my other shrimp.

Is this typical of a cherry shrimp baby?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 06:49 AM
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cherry shrimp babies look exactly like their parents. what you are describing sounds more like a scud.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gammarus_roeselii.jpg

they dont get very big, with most topping out at under a centimeter.
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That sounds like Hyella azteca, or the mexican amphipod. They are common hitchhikers on live plants, especially mosses. The consensus is that they're harmless, though I've heard accounts of them munching on tender young plants. Fish will eat them, but in a shrimp tank you're probably stuck with them.
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Yep, sounds like an amphipod or a scud
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I have a 1.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank that is about 3 months old. Tonight I noticed this weird little creature in there and I am wondering what it is. It looks kind of similar to the shrimp but, it is really small, see through with a blue hue and unless its swimming it has a curled up tail section. It also doesn't seem to have the long nose like my other shrimp.

Is this typical of a cherry shrimp baby?
Hang on, it really could be a baby, look closer wth a magnifying glass bro. On the first day, they don't look exactly like the parents. Give it a few days to develope.
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Thanks a lot for the responses, the scud does seem possible. It's just weird because the tank hasn't had anything new added to it since about a week into it. The only thing I could think of was this weird little slug looking thing that moseyed around a rock I had.
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