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Old 03-01-2004, 10:57 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by jvennitti

How would I go about removing it? It has found itself a nice crevice on the LR to attach to. Of course the crevice is at the bottom of the tank. How can I tell if it is even still alive?
Best opportunity will be at night after the lights have been off for awhile. This is when they will be most active depending on species. It should give you a decent opportunity to collect it. If possible, I would suggest getting a cheap HOB breader box that is well ventilated for safe keeping until it can be taken to the LFS for trade. Do not do this until you can go to the LFS the next day or even the same day if you get up early enough. Leaving it trapped for too long could stress it and do not place it in a travel bag for long periods. There is a good chance it will die.

The best indicator for health is color. They will quickly fade to a very dull grey/whitish hue when stressed or "on the way out" . Do not mistake that for shedding though. On occassion as they grow, a thin external layer is shed much like a snake. It will be fairly evident as there will be breaks in the skin and peeling much like a land based animal. They will often sit in one spot for days or weeks as well as going MIA for a time. There is no mistaking a dead one, a big mess of goo 8O

As an aside, I plan to do more research, but would it find the natural food on the rock that it was attach to originally?
Their main foods wll primarily be detritus, algae slime (minimally) and uneaten foods. There may be sufficient foods for the time being since the rock is new but that will quickly get used up. The sandbed will not have had sufficient time to mature to properly feed the cuke. Typically, I would not suggest placing one in a tank for at least a year.

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