Can my shrimp get Internal Parasites from my fish

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Can my shrimp get Internal Parasites from my fish

Post by pufferkeeper411 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:15 pm

Hi everyone, my dwarf puffer passed away this morning from what I think was Internal Parasites. I have had him for months now and he was very healthy up until very recently. I did not think it was Internal Parasites until he stopped eating and by then it was too late to get proper medication. There is, however, a shrimp that he has been living with since I got him. I was wondering if that shrimp could get the Ip's as well. I also want to know how to completely flush out the Ip's from the tank without having to completely drain it and move the shrimp. I hope that someone can help me.

The PH is around 7.0, the ammonia is 0, nitrite is 0, nitrate is 12. Tank mates are 1 blue neocaridina shrimp and some uneaten snails.
32.5 gallon Fluval Flex with 1 GSP(BumbleBee)
5 gallon planted tank with Dwarf puffer
3 gallon shrimp tank with 1 feeder guppy and cherry shrimp
1 gallon snail breeding tank(MTS and Bladder snails)

Remember Water changes, Water changes, Water changes.

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