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Old 10-20-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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How often do shrimp molt?

Just baught some shrimp and I find a "skin" in the tank. At first I think one of them died, but all are accounted for..
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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Seems my fire shrimp does it everytime I do a WC.
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i'm molt maybe once every month or two
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:38 PM   #4
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So should I take thi "skin" out? Or leave it in?
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:32 PM   #5
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its not a skin, its an exoskeleton, so basically a seleton on the outside of their body. and its safe to leave it in as it is good eating for other inverts in the system
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Go ahead and remove the molt, nothing to be gained from leaving it in. Time between molts will vary depending on species and health of the shrimp in question. Adding supplemental iodine to the tank can actually cause excessive molting and result in the death of the shrimp. This is one of the reasons why testing iodine levels is so important if you're going to supplement iodine.
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