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post #1 of 3 Old 06-05-2016, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Crayfish not eating after molting


I've an australian redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus).

He molted 4 days ago, and I'm starting to get really worried. It doesn't seem like he has been eating anything of his old exoskeleton.

I contacted the local pet store, and they told me to just remove the old exoskeleton, and feed him pellets as usual, but when I look at articles on the internet, they tell me not to remove the shell, and to avoid giving him pellets before he eats his old exoskeleton.

What do I do?
Do I remove the old exoskeleton, and give him pellets?
Do I let the old exoskeleton stay, and not feed him until he has eaten it?
Do I let the old exoskeleton stay, and feed him pellets at the same time?

I'm really worried for him, I really love him. It's the first time he molts, so I'm not sure if he's just being normal. I've had him for about 8 months.

I think it's a "him", that's what the seller told me.

He's the only animal in the aquarium.

Hope you can help.

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-07-2016, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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I will try feeding him some shrimps I guess
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-12-2016, 09:26 PM
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To my experience, they dont always eat their old shell. IMO what is important (specially in sororities) is the molting process. Healthy, well fed crays molt and cures faster/easier thus better chance of surviving (in sororities).

That being said, I'd feed him.
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