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Old 02-03-2005, 09:02 PM   #1
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Lump on Peppermint shrimp

I have a peppermint shrimp that has a big lump on his side right behind its head.

The thing acts just like the other peps in my tank. Always scavenging and is the first one out at feedings. Any ideas?
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:06 PM   #2
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Prolly an injury. Hopefully it will iron out after a molt or 2.
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:11 PM   #3
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Ok. It seems to have gotten bigger since it molted last. I will keep my eye on it and see what happens. Thanks
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:24 PM   #4
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Ok. It seems to have gotten bigger since it molted last.
Wow, I'm not 100% sure. PM steve-s, see what he thinks.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:04 PM   #5
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Can you get a closer shot? From what you describe it almost sounds like a pill bug. Does it have any discernable markings or is it just a "blob"? Also is it on top of the shrimp's head or on the side? If on top, it could simpley be an egg clutch although that would usually have migrated to the underside of the abdoman after a molt.

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Old 02-03-2005, 10:57 PM   #6
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My peppermint has one of those too. He molted the other day and it is still there. I have no idea what it is either. Mine seems to be moving around and eating properly. Anyone else have any ideas.
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Steve I will try to get a closer shot. It is on the upper side of its body directly behind the head. Other than the the blob I cannot see any other markings on it.
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It is on the upper side of its body directly behind the head.
Sounds like the digestive track/gut area. Might actually be nothing to worry about but a better pic would tell for sure.

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Old 02-04-2005, 10:51 PM   #9
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I looked at it again (no pic and it is the same color as the egg clutch on the others. I just looks like it is at 3:00 (on its side) instead of 12:00 (on top of it)
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Old 02-04-2005, 11:01 PM   #10
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Wait for another molt and see what happens. Could be it is an egg clutch but didn't migrate properly after the previous molt.

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