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Old 10-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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What the heck are these spots on my Cleaner Shrimp??? w/ Pic...

So, I had just fed my tank today, and looked at Jacque my cleaner shrimp. He has what looks like pepper all over him. Since I am 99% sure he didn't break out and roll around in the pepper shaker, what the heck are these black spots?

He had just molted Saturday...

Of note, I checked my water params adn they are stellar, got my trates down to 15-25. The shrimp is eating like a champ also.

What could this be? I searched (AA and Google) and found nothing definite.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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Anyone have any idea or experience with this?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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No man I was hoping someone would chime in with some experience. Maybe it did roll around in the pepper. Lol
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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As an update - two of three os my shrimps left legs fell off. I kid you not, THEY FELL OFF!!!

I still have no idea what is going on with this guy, but I would guess its not good.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:01 AM   #5
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So weird, sorry don't know the problem. I tried looking it up too..wouldn't want that to happen to my shrimp..and people asked that on different forums, but people just had guesses and no definite answer...sorry, hopefully someone knows.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:22 PM   #6
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Well the shrimp is still alive and kicking!!! He is even chasing food (with only one leg on one side). I noticed that he is picking at his body almost constantly.

I sure hope a molt cures this. He just molted last week, so we'll see if he can hold out until next time.

If so, then I may try to fashion him a prosthetic leg out of a toothpick. He'll be the million dollar shrimp!!!

Such a shame, I really like this little guy. I'll be simply inconsolible if he succumbs to the pepper.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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I feel for you, but have no idea what the black specks are. I LOVE my cleaner, and would hate to see that happening. Sounds like he's having a rough go of it. Hope it gets better for him!!
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Could it be some kind of parasite?
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:19 PM   #9
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Looks like a form of Taura Syndrome Virus. I have only heard of it but never seen it before. Maybe try google and see if it looks the same. If not maybe it's just preparing to molt. Just a guess....
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:54 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone...

I read up on TSV, and it does indeed look similar. However, I was unable to find any info on prognosis or how to heal him.

My fingers are really crossed he gets better. He was chasing food like normal this evening, but he really does look atrocious.

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