Do cleaner shrimps shed their undercarriage

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  1. brentnorm

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    Found these floating around in my tank but all my shrimps are accounted for.
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Brent - yes. Roughly once or twice a month :)

    Congrats - you have had you 1st molting happen! :)
     
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    Thanks jacques. So I just retrieve and destroy ?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Nah, leave it in there, something will eat it.
     
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    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    That looks like hardly anything, when they do the whole thing it looks like you suddenly have 1 more shrimp...

    Add some iodine if you have, shrimps use it...
     
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    Thanks for the tip Rory.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    i remember the first time my shrimps shed, i honestly thought they had died, i bought two cleaners and within days they had shed, when i saw the apparently dead and rather empty shells, i was gutted - they will hide for a few days for their exoskeletons to harden - then they reappeared, very cool :)
     
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    I cant really tell which one it was as they are still all actively moving around the tank.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Well you won't know where they shed them as they tend to hide when they shed and for a few days after, so it could have been stuck in the rock work for a day or so, but what ever, they are ok right?
     
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    Yeah Wee Man. There all good.
     
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    Mine also shed last night :) My first as well. Also thought one died...:whistling:
     
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    the more it happens the fast the shrimp is growing my boxer does it every 2 weeks
     
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    the first time i saw that some years back,i thought my shrimps died.but good to see them shedding
     
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    ps: hermits do it too
     
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