View Full Version : Omfg Shes Like Dead?!?!?!

01-31-2010, 06:34 PM
Yes, I regret to say, the title is exactly how I reacted when I thought I saw my big female Wood Shrimp, dead in the corner. :hmm3grin2orange:

I have successfully experienced my first shrimp moult scare.
Was positive my big female was dead, until I counted the shrimp.
Had to take a step back to figure out why in the world I had a carcass in there, but both my shrimp were still alive. :hmm3grin2orange:

Anyways... As this is the first time my big shrimp have succesfully moulted (had a smaller female do it, but she died when complications arose) what do I do with the "carcass"?

Will the shrimp take care of it itself? Should I just throw it out?

01-31-2010, 06:41 PM
Well...crawfish usually eat their exoskeletons once they are through with it, but these guys aren't crawfish...I guess you could just take it out...but you'd have to get a secondary opinion on it.

01-31-2010, 06:42 PM
Well, I'll leave it in until a better experienced person comes along. It's just kinda creeping me out 'cause it's on the side of the tank closest to where I'm cooking right now, so, it's kinda creepy looking. :lol:

And I think my other one is going to moult soon too. Aha. The girls have their cycles matched up. :hmm3grin2orange:

01-31-2010, 06:43 PM
Lol good plan, that is a bit creepy :hmm3grin2orange:

01-31-2010, 06:43 PM
Creepy, ain't it? :hmm3grin2orange:

01-31-2010, 06:45 PM
I swear it's glaring at me as I cook. lol.

Why, oh why, did I have to move Mother's birthday gift downstairs a week early! :lol:

01-31-2010, 07:11 PM
These are Bamboo Shrimp aren't they? Filter feeders? RCS, Ghost, and other non filter feeding shrimp will eat their shed carapace. Filter feeders don't that I know of. Anyway, if they've not eaten it by now it's probably not going to happen.


01-31-2010, 07:13 PM
I, too keep bamboo shrimp. Left the exoskeletons in the tank and they were gone in a few days. Not sure who got them but someone enjoyed them. Certainly no harm leaving them in.

01-31-2010, 07:15 PM
Do you keep them with other fish or just that species of shrimp, though? This pair are alone besides the pond snail eggs I haven't scraped out yet.

Oh well. I'll leave it until this evening. If it's not gone by then, I'll trash it.

01-31-2010, 07:26 PM
Keep 4 of them in a 55 with about 1.3 million fancy guppies and 5 panda cories.

01-31-2010, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the help, everyone.

01-31-2010, 07:41 PM
Yeah it will be fine, wont pollute the tank or anything.

01-31-2010, 09:32 PM
Molt completely successful it seems. Covered the tank with a towel for a few hours. Know I didn't technically have to, but after the little one dying, just want to make sure these two moult with as little stress as possible, especially since it's the first one while they're under my care.

One who just moulted still looks a bit soft, but she's starting to pick at the food particles in the water again, so I'm not that worried. With the little one, afterall, the problem was obvious immediately.

Thanks again for the help everyone.

02-01-2010, 01:33 PM

The smaller of the two girls is sitting on top of the bigger's moulted pieces, picking at them. When I added food she didn't go back to her usual spot on top of the highest rock, so, I guess they do eat it, it just takes them longer.