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as i believe shrimp cannot get whitespot/ich disease is it possible for them to be carriers, and if so how long can the spores lay dormant on the shell  

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Zoidburg

May be species specific, which means that they can't get ich at all, let alone be carriers.

 

Could be wrong.

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Urak

Mostly using the wiki as the source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyophthirius_multifiliis

Two main bits in this stick out to me:

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This life cycle is highly dependent on water temperature, and the entire life cycle takes from approximately 7 days at 25 °C (77 °F) to 8 weeks at 6 °C (43 °F).

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New tropical fish should be quarantined for at least four weeks and cold-water fish for eight weeks. Also, washing your hands before and after maintenance of each tank and using separate equipment will reduce the chances of spreading the parasite between tanks


So it will depend on the temperature you're running at, but ~6 weeks sounds like it should be enough, so long as there are no other hosts (Fish) in the aquarium for them to feed on to preserve their cycle.

 

As a note to how they spread/reproduce:

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After it feeds within the skin or gills, the trophont falls off and enters an encapsulated dividing stage (tomont). The tomont adheres to plants, nets, gravel or other ornamental objects in the aquarium.[1]

 

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