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Old 09-15-2005, 06:53 PM   #1
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Crab exoskeleton question

Hello guys, I have a quick question about a crab's exoskeleton. Yesterday I found out that one of my emerald crabs had molten, now the deal here is that I cannot get out the exoskeleton (molt) It is far behind all my rockwork and it is vitually impossible to get it out.

Now how bad is this? I would not think it might be a problem but wanted to ask anyways. I never had this problem before this is my first time I cannot get the molten exoskeleton out.

Thanks for any advice and help.
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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the exoskeleton doesnt produce any waste and i think that when the skeleton degrades, it realeases Ca into the water.

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Old 09-15-2005, 09:37 PM   #3
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My crabs & shrimp also molt. The first time my emerald crab molted, I thought it was him laying on the bottom dead! Another time, I thought something had eaten one of my shrimp and left his hulled-out shell!
They don't hurt anything. I guess they do eventually degrade.
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:38 AM   #4
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I have a cleaner shrimp that molts regularly. I leave the molt in the tank. Usually the fish pick at it for a while. I have a bi-color dottyback that loves it, but they are known to eat ornamental shrimp, and from time to time he will pick at the shrimp if he gets a chance. You should be fine jus leaving it in the tank.
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