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walkytalky 09-27-2008 10:08 AM

alive or dead missing hermit crab
As funny as this may sound...
I can't seem to locate my one and only hermit crab.
Do these things hide? How do I know its alive or not?

Cody 09-27-2008 02:06 PM

It can possibly be molting. Inverts tend to get away from everything when they molt.

And, mine do hide when I am doing things to the tank, but are usually very active. Sometimes though, I can't locate one (even in a 10G tank), but they always show up. If your really worried, check for his shell somewhere. He could be hiding in it.

willow 09-28-2008 02:59 AM

i don't know anythng about marine stuff,so bare with me,
i just know that land hermits do this.
could you maybe add some empty shells ?
it might entise him to come out,most hermit crabs like to
change their shell.

walkytalky 09-28-2008 08:27 AM

Thanks for your help. I will keep searching.
I have an extra shell in the tank. But he/she hasn't transfered over it it as yet.

willow 09-28-2008 03:06 PM

no problem,hope you find him.

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