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Old 01-21-2004, 11:36 AM   #1
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He did it again!

Last night I cleaned my tank: scraped the walls, removed detritus, cleaned filter, cleaned hood, removed salt creep & did water change. All in all took about an hour. I reassemble the tank, turned the lights back on & low & behold my peppermint shrimp was in the process of molting. It just figured- he had to wait until I was done, I left the molt in the tank, I'll get it today.

I watched him for a while, it was cool how his exoskeleton peeled away, he did a little wriggling and swimming around to free himself. Wish I had that digicam!
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:16 PM   #2
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Do you add Iodine?
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:48 PM   #3
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I haven't added iodine, I do weekly water changes so I didn't think I needed to. I use coral life salt.

Should I add iodine?
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Old 01-21-2004, 01:36 PM   #4
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if he molts with out losing any legs then your iodine is fine if its to low they have a hard time getting out of the old shell or cant at all !! but leaving the molted skin in the tank isnt a bad thing imo i leave mine in for the shrimps the stone crab i pull out due to it so big ya know but will disolve in a day or two
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Thanks. I was reading some older posts & decided I won't add trace elements, I dont have corals at this time & my tank is so small I would not want to overdose. When I first got th shrimp from LiveAquaria - he was missing most of his legs, but they have all grown back. My water quality is very good, so I just thinks he molts often because he's a pig & is growing fast.
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IMO I woudln't add anything to your tank you cannot test for. Regular water changes will replenish most trace elements providing you are using a quality salt and your tank is not overstocked.
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I don't either, and was wondering if anyone did.
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