Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 11-05-2003, 09:41 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
leafyseadragon's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: California
Posts: 205
Question about hermit crabs molting

I found what looked like a hermit crab out of its shell lying on the bottom of the tank this morning. It wasn't moving.

So either the hermit crab died , or it molted

Now I'm wondering, what do the remnants of a molt look like?

leafyseadragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2003, 10:25 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Park Rapids, Minn USA
Posts: 173
I have the same quwstion. My biggest and most active red leg appears to be lying next to his shell, but I can still see red legs in the shell. I will check in the morning if he has moved or not. He is way deep in my LR against the back wall. I sure hope he has not passed.

You can never have too many friends.
fishtender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2003, 12:17 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 412
a molt will look like a shedding, it will be kinda clear and nothing in it. if the crab is dead you will be able to see the meat inside or attached to a leg or something.
BBReef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2003, 07:00 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Italy
Posts: 31
by personal experience the remains of a molt, if they're fresh, look tragically similar to a dead crab. Look for any transparent, skin-like stripes, and you'll know it's a molt. It's normal for them to stay hidden or less active after a molt, they're waiting for the new shell to harden.
justin_tyme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2003, 08:35 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Las Vegas (...or lost wages)
Posts: 200
Send a message via AIM to TriggerHappy Send a message via MSN to TriggerHappy Send a message via Yahoo to TriggerHappy
this happened to me, but the crab reappeared after a couple days. I truly thought my trigger had a late night snack, but found out it just molted overnight...whew!
--TriggerHappy --2003

Tank Setup
Setup 9/11/2003
Niger Trigger
Maroon Clown
BiColor Angel
P-H 8.2 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 10-15ppm
Crushed Coral 60lbs
1 MaxiJet 1200 PH, 1 ZooMed PH, XP2 Filstar

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. They wake up in the morning and that's the best they're going to feel all day."
Dean Martin.
TriggerHappy is offline   Reply With Quote

crab, crabs, hermit, hermit crab, hermit crabs, molt, molting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
is my hermit crab molting? scrmom Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 3 09-29-2006 08:19 PM
Molting Hermit GSXRDan Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 04-11-2005 04:49 PM
Scarlet Hermit Crabs Vs. Blue Leg Hermit Crabs badfish Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 14 04-11-2005 09:42 AM
question about hermit crabs eeyore Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 07-05-2003 10:53 PM
Kinda of a dump question but, (blue legged hermit crabs) smooth_rivers Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 04-28-2003 11:52 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:49 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.