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Old 12-17-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Emerald Crab

Well, I feel really stupid. Two days ago I bought a couple of emerald crabs for my tank. Well one day later I saw one of them was on it's back at the bottom of my tank so I was pretty upset, I thought I didn't aclimate them properly or my water parameters were off.

So I checked EVERYTHING, even though I'd checked them only 3 days earlier. I took out the dead crab and threw it away.

Well, last night I was removing my rock to re-aquascape everything and low and behold, I found a well hidden crab in one of the rocks (the other one I had removed and put aside in a small bowl). It would appear that the crab had molted and I had found it's dead shell.

I knew that other people had done the same thing, but I really thought it had died since I had only had the crabs for 2 days.

So, good news is the crab isn't dead, bad news is I'm a moron.

This crab almost doubled in size with it's molt. That's amazing.
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:55 PM   #2
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Don't be ashamed. I have done the same thing countless times with my cleaner shrimp and sally lightfoot crab.
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:59 PM   #3
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This crab almost doubled in size with it's molt.
You sure it is the same crab?
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:35 PM   #4
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This crab almost doubled in size with it's molt.
You sure it is the same crab?
Pretty sure....I have only bought two. I dug the "dead" crab out the trash after finding this one and after taking it apart there were no "guts" or anything. It just looked like an empty shell.
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I still junp a little every time my shrimp molts. If it comes off in one piece it looks so real 8O
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