White spotted red leg hermit

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by CPTG, 30 Jul 2009.

  1. CPTG

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    Hi everybody, hope that somebody can help. I have had my hermit for 3 weeks noe and it was doing fine up to about 3 days ago. Hiding below the rocks in the dark and not eating, not even fish pieces. my parameters ph 8.2, sg 1022, temp 26, no2 0, no3 0 ,po4 0, dkh 9, calcium +500.
    Can anybody help with waht to do, looks like its is also not walking normal, use to pick up its shell but now its like almost dragging it along?
    Thank you all
     
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  3. Achilles

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    very hard to help given those parameters might not be accurate and its hard diagnose what is wrong , CA 500 and dkh of 9 seems wrong, but more apparent is sg 1.022 most invertebrates like an sg of around natural seawater 1.026, hermits are tougher than shrimps but the low sg maybe affecting it.Hobby test kits are often inaccurate as are hydrometers unless lab grade and refractometers have to be calibrated properly to be accurate preferbably not with distilled or r/o water but a known salt solution of around the same level you want to use it for eg 35 ppt or 1.026

    my advice is to raise your sg slowly over a week with freshly made salt and R/O water, and you should start to see him improving with the water changes if he isnt too far gone, water changes do wonders for many inhabitants in our aquariums
     
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    I agree with Achilles, your SG is too low, what are you measuring this with?

    Has he not perhaps just moulted recently? It can take a day or two after moulting for them to become fully active again.
     
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    @Achilles a technical Correction.

    Refractometers are calibrated with RO water which has a density of 1000g/l

    Conductivity meters are calibrated with a calibration fluid normally in the region of 52ms which is about the measuring range you alluded to.
     
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    could it be moulting normally they will hide specialy before and after, with the new soft and fresh skeletal cover some fish knows and they pick on them
     
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    Your Sg is a bit low...try to raise your SG slowly over a couple of days...

    Then like as Viper and the others have mention it is maybe just molting or just finish molting...
     
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    As already stated, 1.022 is much too low. Although there may be other problems, raising the salinity SLOWLY is where I would start.
     
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    not always nemo, achilles is right i calibrate my refractometer with a 1.025sg solution which came with it...RO is the more commonly used way but i find both to be the same;)
     
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    @Achilles thank you for the enlightenment. I am a lot wiser:thumbup:
     
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    Personally I think that your Hermit is just shedding! Good luck and I would not worry about him! Get you SG right and stable though...some good advise above!:thumbup:
     
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    So any new news on the HERMIT?
     
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    CPTG - these hermits usually hide for 2 reasons - either they are unhappy because something / someone is irritating them, they then usually "sulk" for a while.... and another reason they hide, is that they want to start molting.....

    They are awesome pets to keep on their own - but NEVER with corals, in a reef aquarium.... they become QUITE destructive when they grow larger.... ask me.... I had QUITE a few in my reefkeeping time....
     
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    i agree with inflames probely just going to shed
     
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    glad u found help, any updates?

    Do you have a pic of this hermit? what other live stock do you keep with him as they are not totally coral friendly
     
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    Hi. i havent read all the other comments but had same experience, Did some research and turns out it was probably moulting.So i gave it a few days and low and behold..he shed his old skin.
    Now he is his happy busy self again.
     
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