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Old 10-08-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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My cleaner shrimp molted

I noticed what looked like my cleaner shrimp's head stuck to the filter, complete with the big long whisker things and no body. I thought great the little bugger kicked the bucket. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw the little bugger walking around looking normal with his head intact. So I'm assuming he molted :P

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Old 10-08-2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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Yeah, sure did. Good sign.

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Old 10-08-2005, 09:52 PM   #3
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mine has been moulting about once a month, is that normal?
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Old 10-08-2005, 10:01 PM   #4
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Once a month is fine. Anything quicker is something to worry about. They molt for 2 reasons, to grow or because their shell is irritating and they shed it to remove the problem. This is caused by poor water qualities and excess iodine.
45G Reef - 65#'s of LR, 3" sand bed, Fluval 304 filled with LR rubble, (2) MJ900, SeaClone 100 protein skimmer with MJ1200
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Coral - Xenia, Devil's Hand Leather, Toadstool Leather, Green Hairy Mushrooms, Zoanthids
Inverts - (2) Peppermint Shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, (5) Turbo Snails, (4) Nassarius Snails, (10) Blue Leg Hermits, Emerald Crab, (3) Scarlett Crabs, some small starfish(hitchhikers)

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