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Old 04-12-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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one "arm" after molting

My Coral Banded Shrimp (Harold) molted last night. Now, one time he lost one of his little legs (for walking) during the normal course of living, but it grew back after he molted. This time, he was fully intact (as far as I know) but after the molting he has lost one of his really big pincher claws. Is this a syptom or poor living conditions or is it just something that happens sometimes. More importantly, will it grow back and if so how can I encourage that? I don't want him to starve trying to collect food with just one big pincher arm.

I didn't have time to run tests this morning (I do that after work). But I can tell you that he is in a 30 gallon cube with a blue devil and a black ocellaris clownfish. The only aggression that exists is when Harold gets too close to the cownfish's territory, but Harold is almost always the one doing the bullying in such instances. There's maybe 10 lbs of LR so far.
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Maybe the clown or damsel hit him while he was molting.....
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will it grow back on the next molt?
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I'm not sure about claws, I have heard legs will, maybe some one else w/more experience will know...
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My cbs lost one of his pincers recently also. As far as I can tell, there is another small appendage growing back but its hard to tell at this stage.
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Well that's hopeful. I look for that on Harold.

What's weird to me is that he seems to have lost it during the molt. Generally this is when appendages are grown. I'm concerned that maybe he is not healthy. The possibility exists that he lost it after he had already molted, but then I think I would see it laying around somewhere.
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I came home two days ago to find my CBS crawling over the lr missing its left arm with the claw. I had feed 3 small fingernail sized pieces of raw shrimp to the brittle star fish, hermits, and all my shrimp that morning and all seemed to be sharing nicely.

He had molted about a week ago and even just after molting was in full view all the time. It’s about 2 1/2” in body length and about 4+” fully extended so nobody in the tank messes with him.

The larger claws are used primarily just for holding food while the smaller legs/claws stuff its mouth. After 2 days he is still eating very well and doesn’t seem affected by the lost of one of his claws.

I’m still not sure how/when he lost his arm but I suspect he had a wrestling match with the brittle star fish as they sometime do when going after the same piece of shrimp. My brittle is 10” and is quite fast/strong.

I think your CBS will be just fine as mine will. I have read up on them and from what I’ve gathered the larger arms usually don’t grow back completely
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Well that's unfortunate, he always looked so tough.
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I think mine acts even tougher without it I do miss seeing him wildly wave his arms at anything that came near him though. He’s down one arm but defiantly still “king of the tank”.
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My CBS also lost an arm, a small one a while back. After one molting it was just a little stub, but after two moltings its completly back to normal. It grew back to normal size and seems to be functioning fine. Good luck!!!
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