Why would my blue legged hermits have died?

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  1. coswecanfly

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    In the past two weeks I lost both my blue legged hermits. Parameters are fine, sometimes the Nitrates are slightly high but otherwise good. Fed them hake every two days (wich they ate with gusto) and now they're dead.

    Anybody?
     
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  3. Evo R

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    Are you sure they are dead and that they didn't just molted??
     
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    tagging along. my one also died and my other doesnt move from the middle of my candy cane. ill take him out and a few hours later he will be back there and he doesnt move at all. hes very small though. my one just died.
     
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    When I first got mine, also thought it died, but it just molted..
     
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    One moulted then died, the other just died... Yes, they're dead... :biggrin: Also didn't move for quite a while before they died...???
     
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    So sorry to hear bud...they are sometimes fragile either during a molting experience or right after..i have 2 currently one molted and not the other one..what is your calcium levels like..they need a specific calcium range to molt successfully...my opnion..seeing that they are exco skeletons and requires calcium to make up their next body..i think so..just my 2 cents:blush:
     
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    I dose some iodine to make the molting experience better for my shrimp and crabs. Havent lost one yet, my shrimp molt every ten days like clockwork! O have 6 shrimp and 5 blue legged hermits. I read somewhere online about the iodine and it helps, even for bennies that don't look lekker.

    Please take advice with caution this is my personal experience from what I research, do some reading up swell maybe u have a different take. I am no expert, it's a learning experience from the start.
     
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    I agree with Starz..we all learning together..and yes i dose Lugols Iodine every day 6-8 drops...maybe that could also be the factor..or part thereof..;)
     
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    Hello coswecanfly. Hermits is a specie that needs to build their shells with calsium. Check your calsium + magnesium levels because the two work with each other(if your magnesium is low your ca levels wont come up, if you know what I mean). Then, since they were eating good, it means that they were doing good, and good stuff grows good. Since the live in a shell, do you have bigger shell in your tank for them to move to if they get bigger?
     
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    Calcium and magnezium are good and they were still small for their shells... They could retract so far in that you could not see them at all... I have a theory that maybe their shells were too big for them and they could not drag them around???
     
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