Is she saddled? This is the female that had babies already...she did not have this white when she was carrying eggs.
The term "saddled" refers to the ovaries that are developing eggs on shrimp. The saddle looks like a yellowish mark right behind a shrimp's head. If the eggs are fertilized they will drop to the swimmeretts of the shrimp until they hatch, when they are there it is called "berried".newbie question..
What is saddled?
It's probably a nemetode worm, not tapeworm.
Boz, this is true. You can also isolate the shrimp and remove the worm when it leaves.I agree with Tom, they're very common in ghosties, unfortunately. I've know many people who keep them that have waited it out. The worm will make its way out of the shrimp and float around the tank, and then you can remove just the worm, but if it were my tank, I'd dispose of the shrimp now.
I bought a female with eggs, and just waited until they hatched...that is why I was wondering what the "white" was...I do have at least 4 babies that I can find. It is just a fresh water tank.I heard that you need brackish water to breed ghost shrimp, is that what you did?
Good explaination RESGuy.
Boz, this is true. You can also isolate the shrimp and remove the worm when it leaves.
The "thing" right behind the shrimp is a root from the Najas plant...this tank originally was a betta fry tank, but now that I have fallen in love with shrimp, I added them...by the time I finally got the substrate for the tank, the single female I had (then the others I added) had the babies, so I did not get a chance to add it. I still plan on it, but now I have this problem to deal with.I started looking around and from the posts I've read the worms are called horsehair worms. Here's a bit of info on them: http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/e614horsehair.html
and from other posts, seems like prazipro or a touch of iodine in the water might help. From your photo, is that another one on the right behind the shrimp?
It's also ready to INFECT another shrimp. I stand by my first reaction KILL IT!^Agreed. That's what I've always heard from the people that keep ghosties. They see the worm in the shrimp's body, then they see it hanging out of the body and then see it completely out and floating around the tank, but the shrimp is still alive and seemingly healthy.