Ella has Shed! now what?

monkeypie102

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Ella my Emerald Crab I noticed wasn't looking so hot until I saw the true Ella walking out from under some liverocking... the not so good ella was shedded skin which I view as a good thing (right?) now I know with freshwater crabs and land crabs you leave the old shell alone so they can eat it... is this true with Ella's shell as well? how long should I leave the shell in the tank for? I just want to be safe not sorry since saltwater is different from fresh!
 

featherblue

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No idea on your answer......but congrats on the shed! Shes gotta be happy to change herhacket
 

AshWolFF

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Leave it in there. Often if the crab is getting a good protein diet or has enough calcium in her system they won't consume it and will leave it. (I know those darn empty shell cases take up a lot of space!). If after a day she's not nibbling on it take it out so you don't pollute your water.

It's a good sign when Crabs are molting. It means they are healthy.

My African Dwarf Frogs, apparently 'shed', all over my QT tank. Went to get the water tested at the pet store and was quite embarrassed when I saw the translucent skin of a frog all floating around in the little bottle. (I call the leftover skin ghost frogs as they look like perfect little s of them).
 
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monkeypie102

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Thanks Blue if I should remove it I plan to do something to preserve it! it is just to cool looking!
 

AshWolFF

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A little glass jar of formaldehyde will do. If it sits on a shelf it'll start to smell like something fierce!
 
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monkeypie102

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Ah sorry Mr. Wolf I didn't see your post yes she gets a diet of Algae and Marine pellets I havn't see her nip at the old shell yet so I may just remove it...

any idea where to buy the formaldehyde? I have a bunch of jars I can store the old shell in
 

AmazonPassion

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Congrats on the molt!!! When I use to have crabs and when they molted I thought it was the coolest thing to see.
 

AshWolFF

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Science stores often sell them. I have a couple of local science stores, you never know until you hunt around...Take this for example...

 
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