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ghost shrimp - appear to be milky?

So my ghost shrimp (4 in total) have molted a few times.. 5 molts for 3 shrimp in some sort of combination since i got them a couple weeks ago. now they are turning blue.

As people have mentioned below, there might be an infection - advice on how to approach treatment?

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Blue? Do they look a little ummm...cloudy instead of clear?
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Blue? Do they look a little ummm...cloudy instead of clear?
not completely blue, just blue along their normally clear stripes:



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Is it just me, or does the body seem cloudy?

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ghost shrimp - changing colors and molting?

Doesn't look like a ghost shrimp to me.. And yes the body looks cloudy

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those look more like amanos than ghosts
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all of the shrimp in the pictures have molted in the last day.. they used to have yellow eyes.
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those look more like amanos than ghosts
I've got to say the same. The trademark markings on the side, body shape and size give it away.

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I was thinking the same thing. Amano. I'm also thinking you may have bacterial infections.

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ok, i've been reading up on this, and re-checked my water parameters just a moment ago. i'm still running at 78 deg/f with 0ppm on ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, PH of 7.4 so if this is bacterial, will treating their food with garlic help? I also have "focus" medication from a fish issue a couple years ago (these shrimp have only been with me for 2 weeks) i can treat up some fish pellets or flakes with garlic and/or focus.

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also, do amanos start out with yellow eyes and completely clear? because these 4 did. I have a couple large amanos in another tank, and while i admit that they are similar looking.. my amanos have always looked that way, while these were different 2 weeks ago.
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if you have 0/0/0 readings it means your tank is not cycled. There would be some nitrate in the tank if it had already cycled
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if you have 0/0/0 readings it means your tank is not cycled. There would be some nitrate in the tank if it had already cycled
Many times yes, but not always. You must first check if there are floaters, plants, water change schedules and all that jazz before you can declare that one.

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if you have 0/0/0 readings it means your tank is not cycled. There would be some nitrate in the tank if it had already cycled
i have a tank that has been established for over 3 years now that also regularly reads 0 nitrates. This tank was established with the filter media from that tank. i have 500g of bio blocks that were already seeded with bacteria, and did experience a very short ammonia spike along with a cloud of bacteria in the tank. I would be more suspicious that the level of nitrates are low enough that my API master kit isn't registering them.
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Many times yes, but not always. You must first check if there are floaters, plants, water change schedules and all that jazz before you can declare that one.
i have a big mass of java moss along with 5 narrow leave micro sowrds, 3 sword and chain plants along with 3 "onion" plants. I'm not sure what you mean by floaters? i have some duckweed that seems to be trying to move in?
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Floating plants. Duckweed falls in that category, yes.

I was just saying your tank very well could be cycled despite 0,0,0 readings.

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