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Old 05-06-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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Hitchhiker or molting ?

I bought some more live rock a couple of days ago and this morning I found a dead electric blue hermit without it's shell. Both my electric blue hermits are fine and are scurrying around my tank in their normal unique style, so could this be a hitchhiker or has one of my crabs molted ??
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My guess is one of them molted.
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It is very "meaty" and the claws are solid, unlike a molting. Which led me to thinking hitchhiker.
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I saw the molting of one of my red legged hermits and it looked like something pulled it out of its shell. I didn't examine it closely, but if it is a hitch hiker, good find! Can you count up all of your electric blues? I only have a few hermits so I'm always able to verify if they're all safe
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Hermit crabs molt? Sorry to jump in LOL. I've found numerous "dead" crabs over the last few months and just assumed they were dead.
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Hermit crabs molt? Sorry to jump in LOL. I've found numerous "dead" crabs over the last few months and just assumed they were dead.
Well, I dont have 100+ little critters in my tank so I can account for them all =P. Whenever I see a molting, I would go find my 3 small hermits and they would still always be there. I also saw my large hermit molt recently. It changed from a dark red to orange
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Thanks Henry, love learning new stuff.
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yeah hermits molt as to most inverts with an exoskeleton
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