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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Just a quick question about my fire shrimp I got last friday. Last night i noticed that he had molted which i understand to be common when they are introduced to a new environment. I read some forum and articles on wether to remove it or not but decided to leave to so the shrimp and rest of the...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I've got a pretty new tank sitting on my desk at work, with a cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp and a yasha goby. Also 2 small clowns and cuc. I left them in great shape on Friday, and came back to work Tuesday. Everything looked good, except my pistol shrimp and yasha goby seemed to be missing...
  3. Crustaceans
    Hi all - when I first bought the CUC for our tank, I got an itsy bitsy scarlet hermit crab. And man-oh-man, has that thing grown. I have now learned that not only does a hermit crab switch shells, but apparently they also molt (not something I ever gave much thought to before, but obviously...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I am new to the salt water aquarium hobby and am loving it. I came home this morning and noticed that my sally lightfoot crab had molted. The exoskeleton shell is still in the tank attached to some of the rock.... should it be removed or left alone? Any advice would be great. Thanks.
  5. Crustaceans
    So, I have two electric blue hermit crabs (one large and one small), and four regular black hermit crabs (all the same size). A couple days ago, I noticed a large hermit crab claw that could only be from the large electric blue sitting on the sand about 4 inches from where he was sitting. I...
  6. "Soft" corals
    So i have a Polyp Leathery Coral that looks like it might be molting but recently my tank has been a little stressful. I recently moved it and i put some snails in that died overnight. I hope its just molting.
  7. Crustaceans
    Hi all, Had my first molt today! Typically whilst i'm at work :cry: GF sent me a picture What should i do with it?
  8. General Reef Discussion
    hey guys last night my peppermint shrimp motled... i know this is a normal thing for them, my question is what do i do with the carcass that he left behind??? is it safe to just leave in the tank? will it spike any of my parameters? should i remove it? will he eat/destroy it?....... not sure...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    This morning my tiger and pistol shrimp pair were doing great. They came out together, the shrimp looked normal and was tidying up the place from there sleep that night. However, he went inside his cave around mid day, and hasnt come out since. And now my YWG won't go to sleep or enter his cave...
  10. Crustaceans
    I came home yesterday and my 3" blue crab was upside down with its legs twitching. It's claws had fallen off. I figured it was dying. Due to a salinity change to a brackish water tank to incorporate some mullet I had caught. A few hours later I reached in to remove him and he freaked out kicking...
  11. "Soft" corals
    my toadstool has been in the tank many a week and a half and looks like this. the stalk part seems to be loosing skin but i don't think its shedding because the top cap part isnt doing anything. but it has shrunk and changed to the color in the picture from a pretty brown. also shrunk to half...
  12. Crustaceans
    So my banded coral shrimp molted, as evidenced by the husk left at the bottom of my tank. I go to feed tonight and something is a little off. It likes to get all up on my hand with the frozen shrimp and pick away stuffing its face. So its doing its thing and it takes me a minute to realize that...
  13. Crustaceans
    Okay so I have (had) one of these guys. Well he was all happy for about a month, but yesterday I found his shell lying next to my anemone. Do you guys think it was a molted shell or the cuc had already aken care of his insides? P.S. I usually see him once every two days and I havent seen him...
  14. Crustaceans
    what do i do with the shrimp molt? should i leave it in tank or discard?
  15. Crustaceans
    So i keep finding hermit crabs legs floating around the tank i have found both blue and red legs. Is this part of their molting process or is there a predator in the tank that is killing them off ? Let me know what you guys think. Thanks
  16. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    Good morning, I was looking in my tank this morning, and I saw something very odd, which I'm attaching a picture. I have a peppermint shrimp, and I'm wondering if he molted? It's strange, because this little thing even has the antennae. Thanks! Kelly
  17. General Reef Discussion
    ok i have huge amphipods, some are brown and some are clear. also i've seen what i thought were dead ones floating in my water column. do theses things molt? is that why there brown and clear and floating in my water?
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Last night my cleaner was quiet, even through dinner, so I thought he was molting. This morning he is still in the same place and not moving. He looks normal except for the whole not moving thing. Crap, I just realized both firefish are MIA. I did a 5 gal water change last night. Before the...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    after molting,...does this look right?
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 30gal FOWLR, set up in June, critters added in late July. My cleaner shrimp, added in early august, has molted about every two weeks, if not more often, since I got him. Is this ok/normal? I have a peppermint shrimp as well, who molts but not as often. Perhaps once a month, if I had...
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