Hermit Shed

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  1. Warr7207

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    When a Hermit sheds it's skin, shell, exoskeleton etc. Should I remove it. Will it cause ammonia or nitrites in the system ?
     
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    It will shed as it grows, the exo-skeleton will be fine if left in the tank, it is just shell rather than dead flesh.
     
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    Thanks, will it eventually disappear, my little girl is convinced one of the hermits is dead :lol:
     
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    It will eventually disappear, I also thought I had lost a hermit the first time I saw a shed in my tank, but finding and counting my hermits reassured me that all were still alive and kicking.
     
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    To be honest, first time i saw it i thought i had lost one, gives you quite a shock:lol:
     
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    Oh yeah
     
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    Hi Warr - the exo-skeleton sometimes get eaten by the hermits as well - the exo-skeleton is made up of creatine (hope my spelling is correct) - which in the end sometimes just get's grated into the tiniest of pieces - adding to the substrate...
     
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    same thing happened to me to and mine she its skin just 2 days after I bought mine for my previous tank. Got a fright until I saw something moving on a rock and saw it was him.
     
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    Hi,
    Yeah got the same fright two days ago. Thought I lost one of my red legged hermits.

    On the topic of hermits growing....
    Should one have a couple shells lying loose in the tank for the hermits to "undress and dress" as they grow ? I do not have a good supply of suitable size shell and added 4 the other day. The one hermit immediately started to investigate and the next day he crawled around proudly showing of his new "suit" ... :thumbup: .
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    Cheers
     
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    Most lfs have spare shells, it can save the hermits fighting a bit.
     
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    Thx for the info Wee-man,

    Will have to go and do some "shell shopping" a.s.a.p.

    Cheers
     
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    What with buying our pet rocks and empty shells, you start to feel that we should only be allowed out with qualified medical staff:whistling:
     
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    :lol: Well Wee-man,
    My Wife was convinced that something must be wrong in my top story the day she realised what exactly I am spending on setup and of live stock - not as cheap as I've innitially told her .... she could not believe that somebody in his sane mind would go and pay that sums of money on fishies .... :whistling:
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: it's madness really, but it keeps us off the streets and out of the bars;)
     
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    Or we end up on the street, broke, and drinking RO water and vodka out of bottles in brown paper bags:p
     
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