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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2020, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Leeches on shrimp, or other problem? (Pictures)

Today I noticed two of my shrimp have a white spot near the front of their face both in about the same spot. I can’t get a good look at my blue one as he’s moving too much but my red one seems it is on a part of its face that can move separately to the side. The white spot seems to be one whole thing and almost look like it has a long teardrop look. Is this leeches, some other problem, or just normal? And if it is a issue will it affect my fish and pleco too?
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I managed to get these two in a seprate bowl so here’s a better picture I think.
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Likely Scutariella japonica. Won't affect other fauna. Pretty easily treated in shrimp colonies of smaller numbers.

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The scutarellia (Sorry bad spelling) seems smaller and more like a spreading growth. Well this one looks like only one solid piece and on a part of the face the I don’t see the scutarella on when googling it (but I don’t know much bout shrimp issues)
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Tough to tell from the photos, could well be a leech but those aren't as commonly seen on tank bred shrimp. Treatment is still a salt bath, as far as I've ever read for Vorticella, Scutariella, or leeches. Any planaria med should be effective on leeches as well.
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If treatment is all the same then as long as it’s one of those then we are golden. Thanks!
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Yea I will say that those look exactly like the (what I assumed to be) scuttariella japonica that were effecting my shrimp. Salt bath trick worked perfectly, got rid of it completely. Just make sure to monitor them afterward and take out molts for about a week or two as the treatment doesn't kill the eggs inside the shrimp, only the adults you see attached on the outside.
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If you only have a handful of shrimp with it, salt bath.

If you had an entire tank infected, I'd recommend a planaria product specifically (No Planaria, Planaria Zero, etc).
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