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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2020, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Parasites in planted shrimp tank

Hello, I’m new here and have a problem. Not sure if this was the right area to post. But here it goes.

So I have a 10 gallon shrimp tank with plenty of plants. I recently wanted to add a few fish. Apparently that was a bad idea. A couple of the fish are flashing already. I have a reef tank and I know that if you get parasites you remove all fish and treat them in another tank while the main tank goes fallow for 80 days to starve out all the parasites in the tank. So my question is. Do I do the same thing in a freshwater invert tank? I am not sure how the medication affects plants or inverts. I know copper will kill the shrimp and that’s my usual go to for parasites. But can you even use copper on freshwater fish?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Welcome to TPT. Copper is just as deadly on freshwater inverts as it is marine inverts. You'll want to avoid that one in a tank that will ever house shrimp. My general go-to for freshwater fish parasites in a shrimp tank had long been API's Quick Cure (malachite green and formalyn), but it's been off of the market for a few years. There are some weakened versions of it that can be purchased, pretty sure Ich-X is one. Should be just as effective, just costs much more when you go from a drop per gallon to a teaspoon or so per 5 gallons as I seem to recall the dosage being.

The shrimp in all likelihood shouldn't be a host, so treating in a QT for 90 days in theory would do the trick and the fish shouldn't be re-infected upon going back in.

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Cool, that’s what I was hoping to hear. I wouldn’t want to just have repeated infections. I’m setting up a small QT tank now. Nip this in the bud before it escalates. I wasn’t 100% sure freshwater parasites starved out like marine ones do.
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Why bother getting rid of them? I've probably had the same thing in the past in a shrimp tank. For me it was a matter of over feeding. I cut my food in half and only fed every-other day for 2 weeks and that took care of the little worms. Good luck!

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Why bother getting rid of them? I've probably had the same thing in the past in a shrimp tank. For me it was a matter of over feeding. I cut my food in half and only fed every-other day for 2 weeks and that took care of the little worms. Good luck!
The OP is concerned about parasites ON fish- parasites that are host specific like Ich or gill and body flukes. Without a host fish the parasite cannot reproduce and will die.



Maybe you are thinking about critters in shrimp tank like planaria, scuds, seed shrimp, deitrus worms, etccc?
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Yes...my bad. I missed the part about the OP adding the fish. Hope it turns out ok OP!

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Hi

What type of shrimp and what type of fish.

Flashing could indicate Ich and that's easily treated with heat

To treat Ich.

Increase the temperature to 32C/89.5F for the first 3-4 days this kills the Ich. At this temp you will see results in 24 hours

Then reduce temperature slowly to 30C/86F, and hold it there for an additional for 5 days and you are done.



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Maybe you are thinking about critters in shrimp tank like planaria, scuds, seed shrimp, deitrus worms,
Or as I call them............... free food for my fish LOL.
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