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Old 05-05-2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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Difference between a molt & dead crab?

So how can a newbie tell the difference? Is it just an experience thing?
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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First way to tell is to check if crab is still there. And if it is smelly it is most likely a dead crab rather than a molt
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A molt will look like a hollow shell but be shaped exactly like a crab.
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:36 AM   #4
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the tail end of a molt looks like it exploded
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umm....the best way is if it moves it the crab LOL
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Old 05-06-2005, 02:45 PM   #6
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umm....the best way is if it moves it the crab
But I said "dead" crab in the subject (I'm not THAT new).

These are hitchiker crabs/shrimp so I have no way of counting. I know I have at least 1 pistol shrimp but I've never seen him/them. I have seen 2 molts I believe though - they were just flowing around with the current. I've also seen what I thought were dead crabs laying on the bottom but they could have been molts.

I'll try to get a closer look next time.
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I wouldnt worry about it especially if it is small....even it its dead...it will help with the cycling and plus Im sure something will eat off it....if it the molt then it will just mix in with your substrate
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I know I have at least 1 pistol shrimp but I've never seen him/them.
How do you know its a pistol and not a mantis? I also here a light popping in my tank, its usually 1 pop every ten to twenty minutes. I have no deaths in my tanks, inverts or fish, this is why i beleive its a pistol. what does yours do?

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I know I have at least 1 pistol shrimp but I've never seen him/them.
How do you know its a pistol and not a mantis? I also here a light popping in my tank, its usually 1 pop every ten to twenty minutes. I have no deaths in my tanks, inverts or fish, this is why i beleive its a pistol. what does yours do?

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If I'm not mistaken with a mantis you hear the pops in a row. The pistol you hear single pops every now and then
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thats what i thought, that actually confirms that what my friend has is a mantis, weve seen him, and he popped multiple times in a row. I have never heard any pops in a row, which is why i think i have a pistol.
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