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So in my 125g tank I have around 8 peppermint shrimp, and a cleaner shrimp. On my cleaner it looks like it has a white moss where its two claws(pincers?) are, and upon looking at the peppermints they have that same white spec/moss thing on them as well.

I dont know if its just food that they are eating ( since I feed my shrimp half shelled clams( whatever is left over from my butterfly fish and angels eat )). If it is a moss/mold thing how would one go about removing it without harming the shrimp.

 

Also question on wether cleaner shrimp lose their little whiskers often?( my bottom of the tank has atleast 14 that seem to of fallen off that i mistook for feather dusters )

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11 hours ago, Reefer-begginer said:

So in my 125g tank I have around 8 peppermint shrimp, and a cleaner shrimp. On my cleaner it looks like it has a white moss where its two claws(pincers?) are, and upon looking at the peppermints they have that same white spec/moss thing on them as well.

I dont know if its just food that they are eating ( since I feed my shrimp half shelled clams( whatever is left over from my butterfly fish and angels eat )). If it is a moss/mold thing how would one go about removing it without harming the shrimp.

 

Also question on wether cleaner shrimp lose their little whiskers often?( my bottom of the tank has atleast 14 that seem to of fallen off that i mistook for feather dusters )

Can you get some close up pics?

 

here are a few pics of my cleaner shrimp just for a guide:


(Note his legs are hairy but not “mossy’ as you described.)

 

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shrimp, like crabs, can start to look “dirty” right before they molt so that’s a possibility also. 

 

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4 hours ago, WV Reefer said:

Can you get some close up pics?

 

here are a few pics of my cleaner shrimp just for a guide:


(Note his legs are hairy but not “mossy’ as you described.)

 

98655A51-341D-4D90-A481-BFFA82E271E2.thumb.jpeg.c15e38f66dfcb4c504c0770cdfd124e5.jpeg

 

4CA2067E-220B-4EF2-8FF8-9473F760BF62.thumb.jpeg.915a537113619ad6460d46d83774890d.jpeg

 


shrimp, like crabs, can start to look “dirty” right before they molt so that’s a possibility also. 

 

unfortunately with my rock work I can't get a clear photo

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