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my shrimp looks funny HELP!

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So I was feeding my shrimp and getting ready to close the light and I noticed that one of my female rilis has what looks like blinders around her eyes. It almost looks like 2 hoods around just her eyes. I took 2 pictures but these things are clear and you can only see a blur around the eyes. Does anyone know what this could be? Could it be a bad molt? Could it be contagious?

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Anyone please? I know the picture is blurry but does anyone even know what this sounds like? I'm still new to all of this
Does it look like this?

If so, it's a parasite that attaches itself to the exoskeleton of the shrimp. They usually seem harmless and come off with a molt but then since shrimp usually eat the molts of other shrimp, they get infected. It can be a sign of bad water quality as well. Here is how I cleared it up.

I took a container of tank water, about a margarine container full, well actually 2 containers. In 1 I took API Aquarium salt (not sea salt, not table salt but normal aquarium salt) and dissolve 2 tablespoons of aquarium salt into the container. Mix it well so it's all dissolved. Then take the shrimp in a net and dip the net in the saltwater for about 20seconds. If it seems ok, put it back for another 20seconds or so. Then the net out (keep it in the net the whole time) and dip it into the clean tank water to get the salt off and back into the tank. You should notice most of the white stuff has done away as soon as the salt water hit it. Repeat for any infected shrimp and repeat the next few days if needed for any that still show signs.

You can check out my struggle and thread with more pics on it here.
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There is a parasite which is known to situate itself along the eyes and nose of our beloved shrimp. if i can find you the thread, i'll post it up.

The remedy quoted was a brief salt bath.
There is a parasite which is known to situate itself along the eyes and nose of our beloved shrimp. if i can find you the thread, i'll post it up.

The remedy quoted was a brief salt bath.
No its not a worm. That was actually the first thing i checked for when I noticed someething wrong. It looks kinda like a funnel that goes around the eye. From the side it looks like the blunders for a horse. I wish I could get a better picture but I am a really crappy camera person. This is a very clear "thing" and it doesn't look like those little worms. But I will try the salt bath and see what happens.
Isolate it in its own little bowl and change the water til it molts and see what happens. That's what I would do. If it was a parasite, I'd want the shrimp out of the tank.

If it's something that goes around the eyes in the way you describe, I'd be inclined to think it's a bad molt. Hopefully it either gets pulled off as the shrimp grooms or goes with the next molt. If you're really worried you can isolate it, but I'm not aware of any shrimp disease that looks like what you're describing.

I'm imagining an Elizabethan collar that dogs and cats get when they have stitches, but clearish and around each eye. Is that what it is?
Yes Jason. That's exactly what it looks like. I was also thinking bad molt since like i said I looked for the parasite first and it didn't look like that at all. I'll try the water changes that kunsthure suggested in a little tupperware bowl before I try the salt dip.
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BabyD, have you noticed any any recent molts in the tank as of today? check your tds to see where your overall water condition is at.
Nope. Can't find any molts as of today. I also don't have a tds meter. It's on my list of things to get. Should i just do a water change?
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