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Old 07-24-2004, 06:41 PM   #1
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Dead Crab

I put 5 small blue-legged hermits in on Thurs, and I've found one dead this morning. Half of it's there, half of it's been eaten (shell nowhere to be seen).

Should I get him out (to avoid an ammonia spike etc.) or will it be ok to leave him in?

I can see 2 of the crabs now, but the remaining 2 are nowhere to be seen!!
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Are you sure it isn't a molt?
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How can I tell the difference?
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Old 07-24-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
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The molt looks exactly like the front half of the crab.
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It's ok to leave in.
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Hmm...

I can see 4 legs and then a whispy bit of white "flesh" stuck onto the back of it...
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sounds like a dead crab...
Your clean up crew should deal with him overnight.
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Yep, dead. Sorry.
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Old 07-25-2004, 02:29 AM   #9
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Mark,

I actually think it may be a molt. I remember the first time one of my hermits molted it looked exactly like you describe. Unlike the shrimp molts, I think the hermit molts look remarkably similar to the actual crab (but with their back end looking like it was eaten). If your hermit did molt, I assume he is hiding now.

Let us know if he turns up!
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Yeah he does look like he's molted from the descriptions! Haven't seen him though (still 2 crabs missing!).

I'll let you know if I see him!
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