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    Cherry shrimp with 'egg' stuck to her side?

    Had a minor panic this morning when I saw one of my berried shrimp with what looked like a parasite stuck to the side of the carapace.

    On closer inspection, it looks exactly like the eggs she's carrying (shape, size, color).

    Except that, briefly, it was stuck to her side.

    Anyone ever see this before? I took several horrid pictures (this is the best of the lot) before she wandered through my hairgrass and emerged with a clean shell. No idea if the 'egg' brushed off or she retrieved it - she seemed completely unaware of it the whole time I could see her, so I suspect it fell off.

    shrimp_egg_outside.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    Had a minor panic this morning when I saw one of my berried shrimp with what looked like a parasite stuck to the side of the carapace.

    On closer inspection, it looks exactly like the eggs she's carrying (shape, size, color).

    Except that, briefly, it was stuck to her side.

    Anyone ever see this before? I took several horrid pictures (this is the best of the lot) before she wandered through my hairgrass and emerged with a clean shell. No idea if the 'egg' brushed off or she retrieved it - she seemed completely unaware of it the whole time I could see her, so I suspect it fell off.

    shrimp_egg_outside.jpg
    Is it green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by regormang View Post
    Is it green?

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    Yes, as are her remaining eggs. You can juuuuuuust see them (not in focus, but the color) under her belly in the photo above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    Yes, as are her remaining eggs. You can juuuuuuust see them (not in focus, but the color) under her belly in the photo above.
    I don't mean to scare you but just make sure it isn't fungas. Usually eggs on cherries are yellowish. I only say this cuz a friend of mine recently went thru this too. It may not be your case but I'm a safe than sorry hobbyists.

    https://www.discobee.com/blogs/news/...how-to-cure-it

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    I don't think it's fungus, and it's common for cherries to have greenish (or yellowish, or grayish) eggs. I'm especially comforted because it did fall off, which fungus wouldn't have, and the eggs still being carried look fine.

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    Actually, I did catch this a few of weeks ago on one of mine and thought it was a parasitic copepod or similar and went in search of shrimp safe meds - it was gone by the time I got back. Didn't dawn on me it could be an egg but now that I see these seems likely.

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