Thread: Shed skin or dead shrimp?
01-02-2011, 10:18 PM #1
Shed skin or dead shrimp?
Some of you may know (I doubt it) that I recently made a crab tank. Well I added a couple of ghostshrimp to the tank when I put the crabs in and now theres one of them laying in the middle of the tank and I can't figure out if it's a shedskin or if it's dead. The only reason why I ask is because I don't see the black mass that is its guts in the front of it. Any help is appretiated!
01-02-2011, 10:20 PM #2
If it looks whole but hollow it is likely a shed shell.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
80 Gallon: Native Temperate Reef
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20 Gallon Planted: Cherry Barbs, Common Pleco, Floating frog, Fire Bellied Newt
10 Gallon Planted: Apple Snails/Cherry Barb Breeder.... fingers crossed
01-02-2011, 10:21 PM #3
shrimp molt all the time. The molt looks sort of like a shrimp, but sort of a transparent white color and a limp shape. That's probably what you're seeing, I'd guess.300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
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01-02-2011, 10:23 PM #4
Thanks for the quick reply! And it is a shed shell cause I just saw all of my shrimp alive and healthy. And not surprisingly the crabs took care of the shed skin.