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Old 04-13-2012, 04:22 AM   #11 
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http://www.fishchannel.com/images/ar...rimp-500px.jpg this is what the arms look like (not necessarily the rest if shrimp.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:49 AM   #12 
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I'm far from an expert at identifying shrimp, but everything I've read about the current misidentification issue (I've been reading up on it as I plan to get some ghost shrimp in a couple months) implies that if the shrimps claw arms are that much longer and his claws that pronounced, then he is likely a misidentified shrimp. I wish someone with more shrimp knowledge would come to the rescue here!
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #13 
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Home now. got a picture of him... not all of him he didn`t want to move farther. Sorry if its not good I did my best with not having much time to take a picture right now ( I have to be up again in 3 hours so need to sleep!). hope it works/ is helpful for people to see what i'm talking about. Hideki's fins seem to be healing very well. thought i'd let you know. :)
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #14 
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A Ghost Shrimp is a scavenger and will eat anything edible, including other ghost shrimps. Of course the food must be dead and not moving (Flake food for example), because they are not really a predatory fish that can catch other fish or swimming food. So for this reason I doubt the shrimp attacked your friend.
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As these two species of animals coexist very well, you may look into the disease "Fin Rot." I am not an expert on this, but if your fish is already sick and stressed, I presume its possible.
*NOTE* Ghost shrimp need very clean water, so that generally means a filtered tank. But as they are a very small species with very little wastes, a live plant natural type filter will work.
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It has been known by some that these shrimp become very aggressive to anything about their size, so if he is around your bettas size, i suppose this could maybe play a factor(not likely). Most of the attacks would have to take place when your bettas guard is down, so 'sleeping.' (But once attacked, wouldn't he have run away?) Maybe there is another cause as to why his fins are rotting away in that tank, but not in the new tank?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #15 
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I should point out, there are many, many different shrimp species sold as glass or ghost srimps, so it's hard to generalise.
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I don't know, at first I thought it was rot. Then looking more closely one day I saw a red streak so that indicated either biting or attack. I treated the tail with aq salt and it is getting better. If he was biting himself I think his tail would still be getting worse? One of the shrimp is twice the size of the other shrimp and can swim around very well in the tank, just as well as the betta can, but I'm not saying for sure it was the shrimp. I am worried it isn't a ghost shrimp now and probably am removing them from the tank as a pre caution. Besides moving things around is there anything I should do for a solidary betta to keep him happy? He eats snails so he is sort of out of luck on the live things in his tank front.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:15 AM   #17 
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I should point out, there are many, many different shrimp species sold as glass or ghost srimps, so it's hard to generalise.
There are many different species in the genus that has been given the common name of ghost/glass shrimp. However, if the shrimp is a true ghost/glass shrimp (from the genus Palaemonetes) they should have shorter, smaller clawed arms. That is, as i understand it, one of the genus' identifying characteristics. The problem seems to be in the fact that shrimp from other genus are being sold as shrimp from the genus Palaemonetes.

At this point though I'm pretty sure this is on the verge of getting wildly off topic, lol. Besides, other than the fact that I can find them in the ditch out behind my home & going hunting for them in a college Bio course, I don't really know that much about them. I should probably can it before I come off as a snotty know-it-all or, worse, argumentative.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:36 PM   #18 
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doesn't bother me. knowledge is power.
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