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Old 10-22-2003, 06:04 PM   #1
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Red Claw Crab Molted

Hello all. I posted a few days ago, a similar question. My female red claw crab molted (I'd only had her a couple of days!) and I am unsure how long to leave the old exoskeleton in the tank. I am aware that they typically eat it to get the calcium they need to get ther new shell hardened, but how long do I leave it? She molted Saturday night, and still has not eaten it. I have seen her nibble on it, but there is not even a noticible dent in the exoskeleton. Should I take it out now, or leave it in a couple more days? Thanks.

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I leave mine in for a week.

Since I have 6 fiddlers in my main tank, if the molter won't eat it, someone will
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Thanks. A couple of websites advised I take it out after 24 hours, but I actually just got home from work and it is pretty much gone! My male looks like he may molt soon too! So far so good in just a five gallon, I haven't seen any aggression between the two. I hope I lucked out!

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Thanks. A couple of websites advised I take it out after 24 hours, but I actually just got home from work and it is pretty much gone! My male looks like he may molt soon too! So far so good in just a five gallon, I haven't seen any aggression between the two. I hope I lucked out!

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