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Ludwiggg17

Hello everybody, i recently spotted some of my shrimps being infested by Vorticella and after doing my research i found that a salt bath would cure them. The problem is that all of the LFS in my area don't carry any aquarium salt which is odd when i think of it, but an employee in one of the LFS told me that rock salt would be a viable alternative to aquarium salt. I googled up if this is true and found 2 sites stating that any non-iodized salt would do ok. Is any non-iodized salt safe for use or not?

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sdlTBfanUK

Thats an interesting question! I would try it with one shrimp and see how it goes. You will need hot water to get it to dissolve I imagine, then let it cool?

I will be interested to hear how it goes if you do try it!

Simon

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    • Ludwiggg17
      I'll try quarantining them starting tomorrow morning and try to keep an eye out if there is any development on their condition.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      I wouldn't want to commit using those photos, and I don't know what a healthy shrimp of that type looks like to be honest. I would expect some discolouration from shipping etc, but that same thing could also have made them sick as you say. When I looked up pictures on google all the shrimps were a cloudy light brown so they are naturally cloudy and maybe just lost some colour in transit, see if anything changes in a day or two? Can you remove them and keep them separate for maybe a week, even in a bucket etc, using tank water as they have acclimated to that already! Of course catching and moving them again will stress them even more............ Simon
    • Ludwiggg17
      Hello everyone, i got 5 C. typus at 7:00 p.m. (UTC+8). They were stuck for a day or so from shipping before i received them and i got worried some of them would've died. In some kind of miracle 4 of them survived. When i got them acclimated to my tanks i took some time to observe them and i noticed some of them had this pale white look on their bodies and immediately got worried because i know i could endanger my other shrimp. Sorry for low res pics i'll try to get more shots tomorrow Here are two pictures of one of them:  
    • ShrimpLuke
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    • sdlTBfanUK
      That is what I would so, as you say they are still attractive and time may help work it out, the colouris quite cherry but the markings are more caridina. If your caridina came from a mixed tank (as it sounds like it did) then it could be some kind of caridina hybrid (the stripes down the back are quite Pinto), assuming you got a female if you only got the 1? Of coarse if you only got one female Caridina you may want to leave the oddbods in with it to breed and you could get a fabulous mix of patterns and colours from them dependant on the genes they carry??? It is difficult to tell the sex of the caridina in the picture as it has its back arched upwards. On the other hand, if you have only had the caridina a few months is the oddbod too big to have been born since the adult was added. And if the yellow cherrys were mixed with red cherry they would revert back to wild quickly! Shrimps carry the eggs and they hatch from the mothers underside. If you aren't sure it may be best to put them in a seperate tank (for now) as you say you may do. Fingers crossed they are caridina! I hope you will keep us informed. Simon
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