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Old 02-12-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hermit crabs & cleaner shrimp

What's the story on these guys shedding their exo?
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That's how they grow. Our bones are on the inside, theirs are on the outside.
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Okay, what I figured. How do I know that's what has happened as opposed to something bad? how often do they shed typically? This crab is new to my tank so could it be stress?

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It's hard to say. abnormally high iodine levels make them molt. try not to add any iodine to the tank, because there is enough in your salt mix.
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Okay, what I figured. How do I know that's what has happened as opposed to something bad? how often do they shed typically? This crab is new to my tank so could it be stress?

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My hermits, coral banded, cleaner shrimp, and Michael's pistol shrimp all molt about once every 4-5 weeks. The first time it scared me because I thought they all died. Just make sure to find them after you find a molt. Just to make sure I record everything in my tank log so I have a heads up as to when its about to happen. And so if something goes wrong I can go back and have some clue as to what I did to maybe cause it to happen
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