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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-26-2019, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Shrimp parasite??

One of my cherry shrimp seems to have a thin clear worm like creature stuck to its face, near its eye. It wriggles around a lot and seems to like to touch whatever the shrimp is standing on. The shrimp is eating and only seems mildly annoyed with it. I am very worried, this is my first time having a shrimp tank. It doesnt seem big enough really to be planaria based off pictures I've seen, and theres only one long creature, so I dont think its Scutariella japonica.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-26-2019, 02:09 AM
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Welcome to the forum,

Any way you could get a pic of said parasite thing?


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Thanks! Heres the best picture I could get. It has a shovel head so maybe I was jumping the gun a bit with probably not planaria bit

Ah geez, that's not a very clear photo.
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Taking close ups of shrimps is difficult.

Hopefully one of the shrimp experts will chime in and be able to determine what it is from the last photos.


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Vorticella and scutariella are similar creatures... this one seems rather long though? Perhaps it's a leech.

A salt dip should probably do it though... Something like 1 tsp to 1 tbs salt to 8-16 oz of aquarium water. Start out with a lower dose of salt (1 tsp to 8 oz/1 cup) for 30-60 seconds and see how the shrimp does.
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use Aquarium salt, not iodine salt from the supermarket
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