red legged hermit losing legs

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  1. alec

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    my hermit recently came out of its shell and later I noticed the moulted crab in the substrate.

    it ran around naked for a while then it started losing its legs!! :(

    nothing changed since i put them in and i have had them for more than a month now..

    the other crab seems happy..

    and then!!! i saw some creatures that looked like lice or something!!! they are crawling around on the live rock.. where do they come from and how do i cure the tank of these?

    i am very worried about the poor crab. it can barely move anymore because it threw off its one big claw and three/ four of its legs.

    what am i doing wrong and what can i do to fix this?
     
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    belindamotion Google Master

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    Are you talking about small stuff like this...?
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  4. alec

    alec Thread Starter

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    i actually had a close look at them, and googled some images, they look pretty much like these guys..


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    one of these things are actually quite big.. i guess about 3-4 mm, so you could see it quite clearly.
     
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    They are copepods good stuff!.
     
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    thanks for the info, read a bit about them and they are pretty awesome!

    I put a shell for the hermit next to it and it got in immediately. :) It seems to be happy now, though it is struggling to get around a bit without its legs...
     
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    They normally do fight over shells removing each others legs. Good idea to leave shells laying around.
     
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    After molting all of its legs and big claw grew back!! This is awesome!!

    Thanks for the help and info..
     
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    Hi Alec - this is a common occurance. Adding a little bit of commercial aquarium iodine to the tank, usually assists inverts in molting. Just remember that hermit crabs molt to grow. And they grow to fit into their shells. They might end up killing other hermit crabs, for their shells. (If you have multiple hermits in the tank).
     
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    My crabs also lost all their legs but the back to normal now. Some storage things happen in these tanks.
     
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    My one hermit killed his two fellow hermits, ate them and then stole their shells. He wanted to have all of the shells for himself i guess, because there were 3 extra shells laying around.
     
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