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I've seen lots of concerns about this issue in imported shrimp, however nothing in the past 1-2 years. Does this mean that suppliers figured out how to deal with it? With all that's going on, I'm having a hard time finding shrimp in stock online from a reliable source that doesn't use USPS for shipping, AND that has other livestock I want so I can combine shipping.



I have to return something to Petco, and since I have to go inside the store anyway, I'm super tempted to just buy some cherry shrimp (and maybe a mystery snail) while I'm there.... I've had a tank running and ready for them for a couple of months and I admit my impatience is getting the better of my resolve to be cautious. There's nothing else in the tank except plants and MTS, so the biggest risk is to my limited aquarium fund, not any other livestock.


Thanks for any advice!
 

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Well, I took a chance on “rarely” and got the last 8 cherry shrimp at any Petco in my area. And three mystery snails. They made me unreasonably happy today as I sat in my work-from-home office in a closet looking at my tank. One has molted already, which I assume is a good sign, and they all seem to be very happy picking algae and other bits off the plants and wood.

It’s been over a decade since I bought shrimp. I have one descendent left from a batch I got probably 12 years ago, and I would have said she was pretty red but these guys are obviously in a different class altogether. I’m not picky about grade, and would have even said I preferred the more wild looking ones with some transparency, but they are so nice and bright against the plants that I am just head over heels for them. One is an almost burgundy color, which doesn’t show up as well against the wood, but is very beautiful.

Fingers crossed that they will all stay healthy...
 

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Yes, still a concern, one of my RCS had it recently, as per this thread (I thought it was berried, until it died!):
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/...tes/1310321-berried-rcs-looking-bit-pale.html

Look closely under the shrimp right at the front in this photo:


I only had one shrimp come down with it in a small tank with 10-15 other RCS - phew! When that one died and I understood that it was the "green fungus", I did a few H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) treatments as Mark's Shrimp Tanks mentioned in one of his Youtube videos that this is a cure. So I was too late to treat my infected shrimp, but the good news is that it doesn't seem to have infected any other shrimp in the tank. Not sure whether that is purely by luck, or due to the H2O2 treatments. Either way, seems occasional H2O2 dosing is good for a shrimp tank (clears my hair algae and the shrimp seem to enjoy the bubbles!), so maybe consider that as a precautionary quarantine treatment if you're concerned. Search Youtube for "Mark's shrimp tanks h2o2" for the video which is worth watching...

Thanking @Zoidburg for his incredibly useful summary here:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/...ne-one-no-apparent-reason-3.html#post11166501

Enjoy your new shrimpies!
James =)
 

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Thanks so much to both of you for replying. I am hanging onto the info for future reference, and keeping a close eye on my new shrimp. Not sure that’s doing much for my productivity at work, but it’s fun...
 
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