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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 ...
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???
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
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.
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.