African Clown Eats Cleaner Shrimp

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  1. Marlize01

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    Hi All

    This morning my cleaner Shrimp molted. He climbed down the rocks and walked on the sand, next thing the African clown crabs him and ate him :(

    What could the reason be?

    We had both for a couple of months without any problems!!!
     
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    The shrimps shell is soft right after molting so its an easy meal for the fish
     
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    Freshly moulted and the exo skin most likely was still soft.
    Early morning snack for the clown.

    I had a clown take out a hermit when it moulted.
     
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    Thanks for the info... Still so sad to see my poor shrimp being eaten.
     
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    Shrimps normally hide for a few days after molting so their new shell to harden. Its odd for one to crawl around in the open so soon after molting
     
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