11-27-2012, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by elfythelobster
hello! I have a 2.5" ish red crayfish that just molted a little less than 24 hours ago. he seems to have had no troubles with most of the molting but his left claw is still stuck on...should I do something about it at some point (i.e. if in 48 hours, it's still attached, should I hold it while he pulls or something?)
also, my friend insisted on touching the back half of his molt (skinny legs and tail) and now it's floating; should I assume it will sink at some point or give up, take it out, and let him get his calcium from the other half of the molt?
Maybe just has an air bubble in it? Push it down and make it sink. My crayfish's molts always stay on the bottom, they don't float.
Also be careful if his molt is stuck to him like on his claw and you hold his molt and he tries to escape from you - he may detach his claw entirely (they do this to escape predators). It can take a month or two to regrow a claw. Honestly I think if you left it alone he would get it off himself eventually.
My crayfish molts twice a month; though that may slow down since he's goten full size for his species (1.6 inches CPO crayfish). You have a much more aggressive one there that I think gets pretty big; though you didn't mention his species