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BonneBelle 09-11-2008 07:32 PM

Ghost Shrimp...
My Ghost Shrimp has a grey "sac" with black dots in it's head that my other ghost shrimp does not have. I have only had these 2 for about a week and a half, so I'm not 100% sure how long it has been like this (I didn't think it was like this when I bought it). Is there something wrong with my ghost shrimp???

onefish2fish 09-11-2008 11:08 PM

i would guess and say it is either pregnant ( ive heard fry do not survive due to the need of brackish water ) or it is the food that it is eating that you actually can see since ghost/glass shrimp are clear..

i dont think it is anything to be concerned about, if it was to die it would turn a pink color so its not dead

BonneBelle 09-12-2008 07:57 AM

I thought that when they are pregnant, it grows under their tail? And I am a bit confused about it because the other one does not have it.

Little-Fizz 09-12-2008 03:45 PM

When they have eggs they are under its tail... I have NO idea what this is, it seems weird. Does the shrimp seem ill? Can you post your water parameters? And tank size?

okiemavis 09-12-2008 03:50 PM

Hmm, it doesn't look great- although it's kinda blurry so I can't tell. You/Fizz are right about the eggs being under the tail- it's very obvious when they are carrying, you'll be able to see the individual eggs clearly.

Honestly, ghost shrimp are raised as feeders and therefore aren't kept in the best of conditions. I generally expect to loose 1/4 to 1/2 of the new ghost shrimp I get, as they carry a lot of illnesses. The good news is that anything they carry should be completely fish safe, I can't make any 100% guarantees, but shrimp parasites are not known to be passed on to fish.

Don't feed any anti parasitic medications or anything though, they aren't invert safe and will likely kill the shrimp.

BonneBelle 09-12-2008 06:42 PM

It is a 20 gallon tank, the temp is 78 degrees, and I just had the water tested at the pet store and they said my PH and amonnia levels are perfect.

The shrimp does not seem to be ill at all and is growing alot. it is near twice the size as the other one and they were both the same size.

It swims quite freely and eats normally too....I don't know what it is, but it does not look normal.

BonneBelle 09-12-2008 07:00 PM

It actually looks like it is getting bigger too!!! (sorry about the fuzzy camera shots...I need a new camera!)

Little-Fizz 09-13-2008 07:50 AM

I know very little about shrimp, but my best guess would be that its some kind of fungus. Okiemavis had a very good point, they are bred as feeders so no one really takes care of them and you should expect a few deaths when you bring them home.

okiemavis 09-13-2008 10:36 AM

It does look like a parasite to me...there's a million random parasites which you'll find in ghost shrimp. If he's growing well and seems unaffected, great. Perhaps he will pass it or whatever.

BonneBelle 09-13-2008 10:02 PM

Hopefully...although it looks like it is getting bigger and bigger everyday.

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