dead hermit out of his shell...

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  1. Kavir

    Kavir

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    guys this morning when i went to feed the fish i noticed half of my red legged hermit dead. he was next to another hermit... is it possible he could of left his shell to look for anonther one and: lost the battle for a new home
    : the yellow head goby eat him up while he took a naked walk over the gravel?
    :was he just a victim to the life cycle? :policeman:
     
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  3. Falcon

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    Probably just molted.what you saw had actually flesh or just the complete shape of a hermit crab?
     
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    Hermits wont even think of moving shells without having another one ready and the change is so quick. They are very nervous characters
     
  5. Kavir

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    well it was only half of him, his abdomen was missing, but the top half of him was there
     
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    More than likely just molted Kavir, just take a good look around your tank you'll probably find him.
     
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    They will fight each other to gain a bigger shell thus exposing the one that lost the battle to the dangers of his tank mates this has happened numerous times in my system. place a few larger shells in the system so they don’t have to fight each other when they get to big for their own shells!!!
    If you can still see his shell take it out place it in your hand it will start walking soon enough if its still in there.
    Good luck
     
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    I would put my money on a moult, they moult monthly(ish), they will shed their exoskeleton to enable them to grow larger, that it what i believe you can see in your tank.
     
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    I hope he molted.... Been lookin 4 hrs 4 a shell but i only see my other 3 hermits... But i'l keep lookin... :-(
     
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    When they molt they tend to go into hiding, also he has to get out of his shell to molt.

    They like to find a safe spot to do this. Give it a couple more days
     
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    Ok kewl. In the mean time im gona hunt 4 some shells...
     
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    In Pretoria? The only shells you'll find there is shotgun shells :lol:
     
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    Lol yeah that and a few 9mms... Think i could coat it wit clear slicon and pop them in the tank, then my hermits can move in :p. Pta aint So hectic...
     
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    Lol he aint dead, u guys were right he jst molted, another 1 molted 2day, all the hermits r there :-D
     
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    ofcourse we are boet i know i thought my cleaner shrimp was dead by seeing the shell when i was new to reefing but then i saw his clone walking around an hour later:)
     
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