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Old 04-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy Blah.. think my crab is dead

Just noticed my crab in the middle of my tank, at the bottom, completely out of his shell (about an inch to his right) and not moving.

I have not removed it yet as I am not sure of crab behavior and don't know if it's really dead.

I don't understand it, though. My water parameters are pretty good.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: ~10
KH: 11
pH: 8.3
temp: 80F
SG: 1.025

I got the little guy about 2 days ago. The only thing I can think of is perhaps there was some unmixed salt on the bottom that he "cleaned". But I doubt that as I mixed it pretty thorougly and well before I put anything in the tank (like 11 days before).

Any thoughts? Is he for sure dead?
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Or maybe I didn't acclimate him well enough? My water is almost identical to the LFS water, but I still acclimated.
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Maybe weak genetics?
Or possible stress from the move. Im not sure an expert will come soon
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It`s probably the molt. They look like the real thing. Pull it out and examine it.
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I've been tricked by molts before, what kind of crab is it?
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:12 PM   #6
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I didn't know about this molting thing, and I was rather relieved to hear that this could be it.

Unfortunately it's not. I pulled it out and it's pretty weighty. Feels "meaty" I guess is the best way to describe it. Didn't crumble like an exoskeleton would when I poked it.

I put him back in the tank since he still might be alive (don't know much about crabs.. just want to be sure he is dead before I don't give him any chance at all).

Also looked in the shell and it is clean, nothing in there.

It is a hermit crab.
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I have an electric blue hermit crab, medium sized I guess, and after a month of having him I saw some meaty looking parts around and an empty shell... long story short, he was hiding deep in the shell and those were molted parts. He ended up eating the pieces and well taht was over a year ago and he's still alive flipping my smaller polyp rocks around.
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Well, I guess I'll just have to wait and see then. How long before I should notice something if he is still alive?

Also, if he's dead.. how long before he starts putting off ammonia?
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If your tank is cycled then that little bit will not make a difference in a 55 gallon tank.
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Didn't take me too long because his shell is bigger than the rest, so I went in and checked it out. Any clue what kind of hermit crab you have? Is it a smaller one that costs $1.49 or a bigger one like my electric blue that cost $6?
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