Hermit crab molted, or died...

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by pXius, 22 Jul 2011.

  1. pXius

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    Hi guys,

    One of the hermits I've had for 2 weeks now has been acting strange compared to the others in the tank.

    He ALWAYS sits in once certain spot high up in the DT on some indo LR. Moving him anywhere else and he'll just go back to that spot, never seemed to feed much compared to the other hermit whom could probably eat a BigMac. :tt2:

    Anyway, this morning I found some hermit legs/head on the substrate and his shell is in the spot where he always sits. Its empty though.

    I cant tell if its molt or part crab, still has antenna and by the looks of it, eyes.

    The only other inmates:

    Other hermit, but to big to get to the tiny spot the dead/molted one now sits.

    Foxface
    2 percula's
    some chromis
    some turbo's
    boxer shrimp which I've had for awhile now and has also molted awhile back, he's A ok though but very shy, only see him after lights out.
    Cleaner shrimp (red skunk one)
    long spined urchin (violet banded one)

    That's it, so I doubt he has any predators.
     
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  3. 459b

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    How does the shell smell? Do you have other shells in the tank for the hermit?
    Its most likely moult. After moulting they will hide for a while until their new shell has hardened.
     
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    sounds like a molt. My hermit just stayed in the same spot for a few days but I had a few shells around so he just hung out in a shell until he hardened
     
  5. pXius

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    He's back! :D

    Definitely molted, he chose his old shell though, and there's a large selection in my tank :)

    thanks guys!

    got to tiny scarlet hermits today as well
     
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