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Old 03-20-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hermits shredded shell!!??

Will a hermit crabs shredded shell( body shell) cause slow release of nitrates or other potentially harmful compounds

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Old 03-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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No the shell is not an actual part of the hermit crab, it did not produce it, when it sheds the shell it will try to find a new one, it'll be very vulnerable till it does, but that shell won't decompose or give off any chemicals at all
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No the shell is not an actual part of the hermit crab, it did not produce it, when it sheds the shell it will try to find a new one, it'll be very vulnerable till it does, but that shell won't decompose or give off any chemicals at all
It's his body shell his skin if you like it sing his host shell

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It's his body shell his skin if you like it sing his host shell

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It ain't his host shell that should say!!

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Old 03-20-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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Ok ok well in that case it is a biological product so yeah it will decompose but depending on what you got in the tank it'll likely get eaten
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Ok ok well in that case it is a biological product so yeah it will decompose but depending on what you got in the tank it'll likely get eaten
Ok I have a 2 clowns a cleaner wrass a blue damsel a valentini puffer 2 hermits a sand sifting star??....,

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Old 03-20-2011, 12:06 PM   #7
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I would expect the shell to just get eaten, how long has it been there?
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Take it out,I doubt the shell will get eaten.
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I've had my hermits and cleaner shrimp molt their exoskeletons and never took them out, they usually get eaten fairly quick in my opinion. They usually eat it themselves (assuming something molted and didn't just die) it gives them the calcium and whatnot for strength. Has anything been attempting to eat it?
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I've had my hermits and cleaner shrimp molt their exoskeletons and never took them out, they usually get eaten fairly quick in my opinion. They usually eat it themselves (assuming something molted and didn't just die) it gives them the calcium and whatnot for strength. Has anything been attempting to eat it?
It's definitely a malting from my hermit! It has moved an inch or two over night so maybe someones had a go!! It's been there since yesterday evening

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