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Old 03-22-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Woke up to little pieces of Hermit Crab...

At first I only saw one piece and really couldn't make it out but knew that it wasn't in the tank when I went to bed last night, but then I saw a couple more pieces laying on the bottom of the tank. I found and counted all four of my hermits and they looked alive and well...so what the H was going on!? Then I looked in my little six gallon tank and saw that there was also a piece of hermit in there...it finally made sense. Crabs shed!!! Whew, what a relief to figure that out , duh. So now I have bigger crabs in the same shells (I ordered some more, just waiting on them) and now I can really see what they look like. Cute little bugs

Now...my question is, do I leave the discarded "skins" in the tank for them to get rid of or do I take them out?
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I always left'm in there and they disappeared soon. Or remove them. Doesn't matter in the least as far as I know.
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I think that the crabs eat their exoskeleton for the calcium.
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They are so small they wont make a difference.
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Yep. I think I've heard that before.

Leave'm in there.
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Thanks It's so cool that I can see them so much better now. Hope their new shells come soon. I don't know what kind of hermits they are, just brown and now I think I may see a touch of red, but how often will they shed?
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It`s called molting and there is no set number of tomes. Mine do it every 1 or two months.
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Ok, this is besides the point, but I've always found it amusing. I LOVE eating snow crab legs, but always felt guilty eating it in front of my saltwater aquarium. It was like I was eating their cousin in front of them or something, lol.
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Ok, this is besides the point, but I've always found it amusing. I LOVE eating snow crab legs, but always felt guilty eating it in front of my saltwater aquarium. It was like I was eating their cousin in front of them or something, lol.
lol, yeah I'd have to turn my back to them to eat :p
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