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Old 07-19-2006, 08:30 AM   #1
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is this a problem?

is it a problem for me to leave the skin that my banded shrimp leaves behind when he sheds in the tank? i let it sit there for a day, maybe two at the longest, and it disappears. i think that my star fish is eating it. i have never seen anything wrong with my star and he is obviously a scavenger and the one who is eating the dead skin, but will it hurt him?
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Nope. Its actually pretty good for it to be eaten. Usually the shrimp eats it itself, but if the starfish is, its still fine. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but it contains a lot of good trace elements for the shrimp to reconsume.

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It's fine.
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awesome, it might be the shrimp eating it, i never actually see anybody in the tank eat it, but thanks for the help.
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It's probably a little bit of everything eating it, shrimp, worms, fish and all the other critters....
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Thats a good thing to hear. I am not too fond of freakin everyone out and trying to fish out the shrimp shells.

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i guess it could be all the others eating it as well. on a funny note, i remember the first time i saw the skin, i thought it was the actual shrimp and he had died!! i was like what the heck happened to my shrimp? then i found him and laughed about it.
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then i found him and laughed about it.
I was ready for it when I had mine. The hermits are a different story, it actually looks like the real thing, their molt is not as transparent at the shrimp.
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