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Old 03-27-2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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Two questions about shrimp

1. I have had my peppermint shrimp for three weeks now. In that time he has molted twice. I doubt any of my hermit crabs have molted more than once in 6 months. How often do shrimp molt?

2. I would like to have a cleaner shrimp in my 37 gal tank. Will it get along with the peppermint shrimp, or will they fight?
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:48 AM   #2
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1) A shrimp will mold every 3-4 weeks, if it is happening more often, it may be ridding itself of toxins in the water. Molting is very stressful on shrimp and molting that often will likely kill it. I wouldn't worry about it yet, it is not uncommon for them to molt almost as soon as they are moved and then get back on a normal shcedule, if the schedule continues though, you may need to look for a cause.

2) I think they will get along just fine
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:18 PM   #3
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There should be no toxins in the water. The shrimp has been in the QT for three weeks now, I put a little Tech-I in the water this week. Other than the shrimp, rocks and sand, there is nothing else in the tank. I assume this means a negligible bio-load.
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:36 PM   #4
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What you consider toxins and what the shrimp considers toxins are two totally different things For instance, the iodine you added to the water is not beneficial to shrimp, it is a poison, it does not aid in molting, it causes it. Shrimp will molt to remove iodine from their bodies. At this point, I would look as the iodine as the reason for the molt. You provide more than enough iodine through regular water changes and feedings.
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Old 03-28-2004, 10:32 PM   #5
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reefrunner, now I'm confused!

A lot of web sites I have seen (like LiveAquaria) say peppermint shrimp require iodine for proper molting. So the iodine is a catalyst? I wish they had said so! 8O
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It has been popular belief for along time that iodine "aids" in the molting process, and in very small amounts (NSW levels of iodine are 6 parts per billion) this may be true, simply because once the iodine level in their tissue reaches an intolerable amount for the shrimp they molt. There is nothing wrong with NSW levels of iodine...but you add plenty to your system via water changes and feeding. I add no iodine to my system and my cleaner shrimp molts regularly. Iodine is an antiseptic, it is used to kill things
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iodine

this is true of iodine the only two things that really kill bacteria well are iodine and bleach
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that sounds about right...i think the first two weeks i had my peppermint shrimp he molted 2-3 times. he is doin just fine i've had my tank since jan 1 and i thnk he has only molted one time in the month of march
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I concur, mine molted a couple of times right away, then barely after that.
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