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Old 11-22-2004, 12:32 AM   #1
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New tank has first casualty

I picked up a small cleaner crew to slow down the hair algae growth on my 1mo old system. it was fully cycled and I did a drip acclimation

After I put everything in the tank, I noticed that there was a hermit with no shell. I'm not sure where he came from, since there weren't any empty shells big enough for him

today I found a few disembodied legs on the substrate.

What could have happened to him? There are a couple of other small hermits and an emerald mithrax. I don't think a snail beat him up!

Any ideas?
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May have been a molt. Could have mugged a snail for its shell.
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:59 AM   #3
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Yeah, a molt was the first thing that came to mind for me too. A molt looks very much like a shell-less hermit. The disembodied legs are probably from your cleanup crew cleaning up the mess.
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How long does it take to molt? They have only been in the tank since thursday.
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Sure, its possible to molt that fast.
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