Don't Think I'll Ever Get Used To This - Shrimp Molt

Discussion in 'Bamboo Shrimp' started by Lissi Kat, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    Every time there's a molt it catches me off guard and gives me a fright lol 20180426_203829.jpg
     
  2. Fanatic

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    It can be a bit creepy!
    Just remember that it's not a dead shrimp.
     
  3. Fashooga

    FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    Wow, that is kind of amazing to see that it just leaves it's clothes behind...just like us humans.
     
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    Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    It gets me every single time even when I see the actual shrimp alive and well right next to it I still do a double take haha!
     
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    Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    Haha yeah I should leave it a passive aggressive note telling it to pick it's old clothes up off it's bedroom floor as I'm sick of being the only one who cleans around here!:D
     
  6. JLeeM

    JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    I did the same thing when my crayfish molted. Even after reading how so many people freaked out when they saw the first empty shell. I did the same thing, and thought he was dead.
     
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    Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    I wish it was his first molt it's at least his 3rd and I still fall for it! I do love the little hatch it has to climb out of it...natures really something!
     
  8. Dch48

    Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    When I had my saltwater tank in the 80's, I had a Hawaiian purple striped lobster that molted at least 6 times and got a little bigger with each one. I'd see the empty shell and the lobster would hide for a day or 2 and then come back out. It is amazing how they do it.
     
  9. JLeeM

    JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    What I find amazing is how they eat EVERY single piece of the old shell.
     
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    Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    It really is amazing isn't it! Every last little detail is on the molt! I think they wait for their new shell to harden before they come back out. I guess people shed too just not in one go haha that would be really creepy imagine waking up next to a human molt!
     
  11. JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    Lol, creepy!
     
  12. lilabug4545

    lilabug4545Well Known MemberMember

    It still scares me with my snakes. Last night, I woke up hearing a strange scraping noise. I look over, and Peppermint is shedding, and just his head is off. He looked so wierd, but still adorable.
     
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    Lissi Kat

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    I'm not sure bamboo shrimp do as they only have fans to filter with and no claws. I leave it in the tank so that maybe the minerals from it end up back in the water tho
     
  14. Jellibeen

    JellibeenWell Known MemberMember

    The first time it happened was a few days after i got my shrimp. I definitely thought he was dead, especially cos they hide and the molts are so detailed. I like to take the molts out and keep one. The first one i got is in great shape, down to the antennae.

    I don’t think bamboo shrimo would eat theirs, either.
     
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    Lissi Kat

    Lissi KatValued MemberMember

    I kept the first one too I was just fascinated by the detail and how intact it was...my toddler decided to inspect it...its no longer intact lol I just put it in a flower pot in sure plants can utilise it haha
     
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