View Full Version : Sneaky shrimp.

03-24-2008, 09:51 PM
So, I was looking at my tank today, and I noticed something large and shrimp like being tossed around by the power head. My first that was, "Dangit, my shrimp died". I haven't lost a fish in forever, so it kinda got my goat. Anyway, I fished it out of the tank, and looked at the body. I didn't see any mass to it at all, it just looked like the skeleton, so I thought my Purple Psuedochromis must have had a snack. Maybe the snails.

Then I remembered, shrimp molt. So I looked behind the LR, and sure enough ,there is the shrimp sitting in the back. He just molted. Looks like I'm doing a good enough job to get him to molt. He's a growing boy!

03-24-2008, 09:54 PM
Always Gets ya!! I have two and they both molt every 2 weeks or so. SO annyoing i get tricked everytime.

03-24-2008, 10:07 PM
My Coral Banded Shrimp has molted about 5 times in the last 2 months. I got surprised the first time it happened to me as well.

03-24-2008, 10:22 PM
I once had the same thing happen to me with a freshwater bamboo shrimp, lol.I saved the shrimp shell after drying it out.

03-24-2008, 10:25 PM
sneaky little devils, leave the molt in the tank, the shrimp will eat it

03-24-2008, 11:11 PM
Oops, already chucked the exoskeleton.

03-24-2008, 11:30 PM
man, i hate it when my coral banded molts, i always think he died

yeah, you can leave it, fish and inverts will eat it.

03-25-2008, 12:28 AM
They will molt an awful lot when they are young growing big... I would leave the molt in the tank... Filled with Calcium they will eat it up....

03-25-2008, 01:25 AM
I saw one of my ghost shrimp eating another ghost shrimp the other day, and I about flipped out!! I looked a little closer, though, and realized that he was just eating his molt. lol