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Old 04-08-2005, 06:38 PM   #1
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My first mystery death. :(

My cleaner shrimp died today. He was fine (active) yesterday. Checked everything that I can test for and all is well. All other inhabitants appear normal. I looked him over for any signs of physical trauma and I didn't see any. I'd had him for a month or two. My tank has been up for about 6 months and this is my first death (other than the usual turbo snail falling or hermits attacking eachother for shells).
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:12 PM   #2
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Are you absolutely sure it isn't the molted shell of the cleaner shrimp you are seeing?
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Old 04-08-2005, 09:34 PM   #3
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It is very possible it is a molt. Once they shed they will hide for a few days to let their new shell harden. It looks very much like the real thing.
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Yes, I've seen molts. 100% sure it was not a molt. I actually watched as he was feebly trying to stand up for a bit and then he just fell over and was lying on his side.
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