Leech Or Planaria On Shrimp

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    How to remove the leech or planaria from my shrimp


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    Holy **** I got it!!! I think my shrimp knew what I was doing. After the first few tries the shrimp held still. I used a pipette and was able to knock the stupid parasite off my shrimp.

    Now how can I rid my tank of these parasites without killing my shrimp?
     
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    Will need a photograph to advise correctly
     
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    Thank you, I got it off fairly easily then killed it. Turned out to be a leech. I didn’t think they’d bother the shrimp, idk if it caused harm or not. But that one is dead. And I didn’t think to get a photo.
     
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    If it's was Scutariella there will be more but still need a pic if it dose reappear
     
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    Yes that’s what it is. There are more, I occasionally see them and I pick them out and kill them. Are they dangerous to my shrimp and fish? I didn’t think they were until I found one on a shrimp.
     
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    No not a problem to shrimp they normally live quite happy with each other but most get rid of them with Aquarium salt dip, I dont believe the affect fish it's a shrimp thing, photograph the next one you see
     
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    The next time one shows it's ugly sucker face I'll grab a photo.... So it won't cause harm when attached to the shrimp?.
     
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    No it wont but that's only if its scutariella and not planaria but it sounds like you know the difference
     
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    That's a relief. Yea planeria have that arrow Head shape with eyes... Creepy, the leeches have the sucker mouth and move in almost an inch worm style .... No creepy eyes either lol
     
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