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Old 08-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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My cleaner shrimp died?

I came home just now and my cleaner shrimp was sitting attached to a rock lifeless. Upon closer inspection, after becoming highly upset...lol I noticed I had two, which didn't make any sense cause I know i only have one. Then It dawned on me that she just shed her old shell... I let out a big sigh of relief!
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Lol yeah your cleaner molted
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Lol yeah your cleaner molted
Molted....that's what it's called... Thank! Generally a good sign right?
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LOL that's a sign of growth
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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I had the same response to a lobster in my tank. The first time you see it, it is scary.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:32 PM   #6
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I had the same response to a lobster in my tank. The first time you see it, it is scary.
I literally had no clue what happened...I'm new to the salt water scene and I learn something new every day....it's addicting!
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:44 PM   #7
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How long do cleaners live, I've had mine for years. Shrimp seem like the type of animal that shouldn't live very long...lol I don't know why I think that but they just seem that way.

Any idea on longjevity?
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Molted....that's what it's called... Thank! Generally a good sign right?
Provided it is not happening too often...then it's completely natural, but crustaceans store toxins (that may be too strong a word) in the exoskeleton, and when they molt the toxins go with them, it's also very taxing on the animal, so if they are molting all the time, it's not good.
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How often is too often. My fire shrimp molted twice in about 5-7 weeks. I can't remember when I got, but within the last couple of months I think.
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How often is too often. My fire shrimp molted twice in about 5-7 weeks. I can't remember when I got, but within the last couple of months I think.
I would say once a week is too much and once every two weeks is borderline.
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