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So I woke up today and was looking for all my fish in the tank and noticed my blue hippo missing. Hence, we can say that a younger Hermit crab will molt more often as compared to a larger one. Important: Crab positions might not always be a great way to determine if your pet is molting or dead.Always assume that your crab is molting before you consider the chances that it has actually died. Emerald Crab - gaps in shell after a molt... By UpsideDownPumpkin, December 8 in Invertebrate Forum. The crab was not moving and kind of curled up. It's surprisingly easy to mistake a molt for a dead Horseshoe Crab. But one of my crabs, Huron, has been molting for a few weeks now. Discussion in 'Mobile Inverts' started by DianaKay, May 7, 2014. Overall, the Emerald Crab can be a good scavenger for your tank. This process is called molting. I am sure we have all had our own issues with this relentless slime. Hopefully that is the case with yours too. Emerald Crabs Are Scavengers If you are a veteran aquarium hobbyist, you will know all about bubble algae. Hi all! Life span : 2 - 4 years. See more ideas about hermit crab, hermit, crab. Emerald Crab and Molting. In between these slight jerks and wiggles, the hermit crab lies extremely still and appears dead, with a very slight occasional movement about their gill area as they take a breath to be able to continue with the deed they must complete. Jul 22, 2009 #1. edaskalos; Jul 22, 2009; Alrighty so I brought home this little guy on Saturday and he was very active going all over his new 29G home. I put it in a box to bury it today. He’s already out and about, eating algae and … carapace measurements of molts and dead crab. Entity Information. RS STAFF PREMIUM. A week later she looked in and there was the emerald crab! Emerald crab molts look exactly like the real thing. Attribute Summary. SandbarAquatics. A surface molt(as you can probably tell from the name) is when a hermit crab molts on the surface. Anyone ever hear of this. They did fine at 76f. If you pick up your crab and a "dead crab" falls out look inside. I cracked it topen and didn't see much inside the cavity. Any info is super helpful and appreciated! She said it was dead for sure. Fish only setups should have no problems with keeping these crabs. After a closer inspection he wasnt moving funny, he was being eaten by my emerald crab. Description: carapace measurements of molts and dead crab. Is My Emerald Crab Dead? There were 6 tubs in total. How do you know? A couple of days ago, my crab buried himself, but later unburied himself. Fiddler crabs, molt vs dead crab. Pick up the shell and look for an opening or split along the front ridge of the shell. It has been about a week and he has not moved at all. The leg breaks off at a special joint. More aggressive than other forms of algae, it seems to never go away. They spend most part of their lives, almost 80% to 90% preparing to molt, molting, and recovering from the whole process of molting. I found it belly up in the sand bed next to the live rock. Tub Unknown Tub that the crab was in. Today there was an odd, but FAINT smell of rotting fish or something musty. Joined: Jan 4, 2013 Messages: 7,147 Likes Received: 1,999 Location: Oklahoma, USA Reef Chronicle: Yup. Is there a way to tell if it's a shed or if the thing died? DianaKay Princess Diana. Care Level : Easy. I’ve had my Emerald Crab since July. However the growth on the crab after the molt is literally night and day. Why does Hermit crab die after molting? When I checked his body, he was completely stiff and pale. This happens. A couple of days later he was fully buried again this time under the water dish, and concerned we unburied him, only to find him out of his shell. They are so cool looking. I looked really hard at the shell and it didn't look like there was anything in it. All I could find was the hollow shell and the legs were nowhere to be found. It's surprisingly easy to mistake a molt for a dead Horseshoe Crab. Red Claw Crab: DEAD or MOLTING (pics included) Thread starter edaskalos; Start date Jul 22, 2009; edaskalos Large Fish. Date of molt or dead Unknown Date that a crab molted or died 100. “Along with the dead crabs we are also seeing a lot of tube worm casings, mole crab molts, and hatched out snail eggs,” she said. 3) As experienced crab owner, what does a "dead molt smell" exactly smell like? Find out why Emerald Crabs molt and if this is normal. It is not normal from a crab to do so though. With careful observation, though, it can become easy to find the truth. I thought my crab crawled out of it's shell and died because it was about an inch away. I gently blew some water at it with the turkey baster to see if it would move and it didn't. 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