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Old 10-28-2004, 11:13 AM   #1
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My Coral Banded Shrimp Shed. (pics)

Hey gang,

I thought some of you may be interested in this. I woke up this morning to find my Coral Banded Shrimp dead....or was it?

I was hoping he was going to shed soon. His color had become less vibrant a few days ago and I was hoping he was not sick. To my suprise I found him sitting just a few inches away from his "skin" this morning!

Here is a very poor photo in case your curious what a CBS skin looks like. I will Take some better ones tonight when the lights are on.
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cool stuff rocket, thanks for sharing!
My shrimp are always leaving their clothes laying around too. They are worse than my kids.
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Old 10-28-2004, 12:23 PM   #3
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I would always check for extra whiskers in the tank. My CBS has 6-8" antenna so I can always tell where he is at or when he molts
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Old 10-28-2004, 12:45 PM   #4
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My hermit did that the other day and I thought he was dead. He did try to "bury" the evidence though. Funny that you say yours is a washed out color before he molts because my hermit was bright red and now he is kinda organish after he shed.
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Ok, this is wierd. His molt is gone!

I am betting the hitchhikers took it all away. Yes?
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Old 10-28-2004, 11:43 PM   #6
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most likely... they typically leave it accessable as kinda a defense mechanism. It lures predators in teh wrong direction and gives their new skeleton time to harden.
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Old 10-29-2004, 12:57 AM   #7
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thats awsome.
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Yes, plus it is a nutritional snack for another invert.
I have seen my Urchins eat molts on more than one occasion.
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I've also read that on occasion the shrimp themselves may eat it. Plenty of things in a tank to munch on a scrumptious snack. =]
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