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How to fight this single celled parasite?

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ageofaquariums

Check out the microbewiki link above. Excellent resource for microbe differentiation.

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Zoidburg

Appears someone got some AMAZING shots of these parasites in shrimp molts... and it's not just in Caridinas. (no surprise there! just, there's at least one or more Neo specific parasites out there that don't bother Caridinas!)

 

It's in this video below.... actually see them about 12 minutes in. (be sure to watch in 1080p!)

 

 

One person thinks they might be apostome ciliates, also seen in saltwater shrimp.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1550-7408.2004.tb00598.x?prevSearch=&journalCode=eumi

 

And doing a quick search shows some scary stuff.... and interesting pages!

 

Appears as if copepods can't even be free of these things.... yeeghads!

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/294284052_Biology_of_Symbiotic_Apostome_Ciliates_Their_Diversity_and_Importance_in_the_Aquatic_Ecosystems

 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228498029_Symbiosis_of_planktonic_copepods_and_mysids_with_epibionts_and_parasites_in_the_North_pacific_diversity_and_interactions

 

 

And now I feel like molts should never be left in the aquarium...

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