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do you scoop out moltings?
Old 02-15-2013, 05:22 AM   #1
 
do you scoop out moltings?

so, my cleaner shrimp molted a few days ago, again. i have been scooping out the molts when i find them but i'm wondering, is this necessary?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:19 AM   #2
 
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so, my cleaner shrimp molted a few days ago, again. i have been scooping out the molts when i find them but i'm wondering, is this necessary?
Are there tank mates that would eat them ? It could be a good opportunity to provide natural food. Otherwise, I'd remove them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
 
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Shrimp will eat the molt's and can derive calcium from them which is good for development of their exoskeleton (new shell).
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
 
interesting! i also have hermit crabs that are probably eating them. if i see one and don't get it out right away, it seems to disappear.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
 
Your CUC will clean it up.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:41 AM   #6
 
looking in there a little while ago. one of the hermits was holding up a little sign that said "bbq sauce please!"
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