African Clown Eats Cleaner Shrimp

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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!!!
 

RiaanP

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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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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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