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Poorly Shrimp?

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by afeltham, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. afeltham

    afeltham Registered

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    Hi.

    Short and sweet. Should I be worried about this white patch on the side of one of my shrimps? Looks odd to me but no idea what it is.

    Thanks.

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  2. damo666

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    I'm not very experienced but no, that doesn't look good. I'd keep an eye on it and hopefully it won't increase in size. Does it look as tho it's on the surface, so to speak. Shrimps have an exoskeleton, and also shed as they grow, it may go then hopefully. With a bit of luck someone with more knowledge than myself can provide you with a definitive answer
     
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  3. Bob1888

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    Try googling isopod on cleaner shrimp think it looks like that's what it is you may find a way of removing it
     
  4. Mike and Clare

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    What @Bob1888 said. Never actually seen one of those, fortunately.
    Removal is very tricky and if unsure have a word with your LFS.
    Good news is they rarely survive or bread in an aquarium.
    Mike
     
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  5. afeltham

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    Thank you all .... googling now! :)
    Always appreciate the support people on here provide.
     
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  6. afeltham

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    Having googled, the solution seems to be about cutting the shrimp and pulling off the isopod. See the link below.



    Now I was also at my LFS today picking up some RO and so also got their advise and basically wasn’t that impressed. They seem to think it’ll come off when shedding.

    Without sounding like I’m ignoring the advise here, how confident can we be that it’s an isopod that I need to do surgery on? For obvious reasons I’d rather keep the stress as low as possible!


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  7. damo666

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    If the shrimp in question is moving about, feeding well and that patch stays the same size I'd be tempted to see if it goes when it sheds. Knowing how shrimps flick and jump around I wouldn't fancy trying to remove it, as you said very stressful for you and the shrimp, and you certainly could do more harm than good.
     
  8. damo666

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    Just watched the video........that is one very well behaved shrimp!
     
  9. afeltham

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    It’s giving me a false sense of how possible it would be to do it!

    Really in two minds about what to do.

    How frequently do they shed?


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  10. damo666

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    Not sure sir, hopefully someone else will answer that for you.
     
  11. Mike and Clare

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    Tends to vary when they shed. Depends how much you feed them and water conditions. I'd say mine sheds about every month.
    Mike
     
  12. doug_amanda

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    Don't know if it's coincidence but if I ever do a larger than normal water change it's usually followed by the shrimp shedding
     
  13. Bob1888

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    Could be that with a larger water change could be a boost to iodine trigerring the shed as iodine levels helps with shedding the exoskeleton
     
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    Yep, that makes sense, quite possibly the case.
     
  15. steve861uk

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    Will it take a general or local anaesthetic and wtf is an isopod? One to Google tomorrow me thinks :)

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