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Old 07-11-2011, 02:48 PM   #21
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Dude. I got more than enough. i bought like 200 extra ones from reefcleaners when I first started this SW thing. I have em in every shape and size. LOL
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:49 PM   #22
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holy cow lol you know im leaning twords the calcium thing
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:54 PM   #23
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I edited my earlier response.You may be just seeing their old discarded legs and body skin.

I keep my reef at a minium of 420 up to 480 calcium level.Depends on your corals etc.

But yes calcium is needed for shrimp,hermits all craps to molt.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:16 PM   #24
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Calcium is at 460. If they were just molting them I would still have the same number hermits. lol

I have maybe 5 left and all in all I've put in say 20 or more.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:39 PM   #25
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Same here. If they were molting I would have the same number. But the number of hermits in my tank has def dwindled. Plus now I have empty shells lying around the bottom of my tank that weren't there before.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:44 PM   #26
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I have like a graveyard of them too. lol I leave em in so when I get more, which I always do, theres even more shells. I just found a couple shells in nooks and crannies of my LR, empty, while I was looking for my YWG. They were all under the darn rocks. hehe
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You talking those teeny hermits that sell for $1 or less? Ya know, I never was concerned with the emnpty shells. Twice yearly, I'd just add 20 or 30 more of'm (well, that was a 150g tank) for $15 or so and never give it a second thought why they were dying off. In addition to the tiny crevices they cleaned for me, I thought it was a natural thing for the larger crabs to snack on them.
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I actually got to watch a crab molt today, at first I saw it on the top of my LR, as I was wondering what it was doing crawling in & out of it's shell. Then I saw what looked to be a full body waving in the current and thought it was dead. I picked the body out & looked in the shell and there it was, irritated but alive. It hasn't left the shell since or moved, I assume it's recuperating in there or something.
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When they molt their exoskeleton is still soft. He'll stay hidden until it hardens back up.
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I know my brothers spider when molting would stay put on his back looked like he was dead then in a few days poof there was two spiders lol maybe the hermits are doing something like this idk though hermits where never my thing
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