ghost shrimp with horsehair worm Question 

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Yesterday I went to my LFS and got four ghost shrimp, the next morning I went to check on them and discovered that one of them had a long, white string running through its body and making a loop near its head. I looked it up on the internet and now I believe it is a horsehair worm, which kills its host when it matures. I now have it in a hospital tank. Should I return it to the main tank, or should I keep it in the hospital tank? Thanks!
 
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Hi Hannah welcome to FishLore!!
If it were me, I'd return it.
Good luck!
 
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Thanks, Lucy! I'm afraid to return it because they are double-sexed, that they will breed and infect the rest of my ghost shrimp. Do you know any way to treat horsehair worms?
 

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I think she means return it to the store.

-Lisa
 
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Kunsthure said:
I think she means return it to the store.

-Lisa
Thanks Lisa, that's what I meant.

Hannah, I misread your post. I thought you asked if you should return it to the store.

I don't have experience with horsehair worms. I think there's a couple of threads about them on the forum.
Do a forum search, see if there's something info that will help.
 

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Good morning,

Here is a link on Horse Hair Worms:



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Good news! The horsehair worm must have exited through the GI tract! We looked in the hospital tank and it was on the bottom of the tank, and the shrimp looked fine, healthier than it had been in weeks! Thanks everyone for your advice and help!

P.S. I returned it to the main tank.
 
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