Originally Posted by Claudia Jean
I've had my saltwater aquarium since February. I recently purchased an Emerald Crab, slowly acclimated, he lived two days, then died. Same with a starfish I purchased. Any ideas why they do not live? Also have hermit crabs, two died, four still alive. Fish doing fine.
I don't know about the emeralds, but starfish are a bit of a moderate to expert care critter that prefer an established tank (or so I'm told).
I had a large blue-legged hermit that died early on, too. The guy at the LFS
told me they sometimes just get caught in a bad molt that can happen sometimes when moved to a new tank. If I understand him right (and assuming he IS right), then there wasn't much you could have done. Just one of those things😕