Molting or dead?

Discussion in 'Shrimps and Crabs' started by kkspencer22, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. kkspencer22New MemberMember

    I got this crab 5 days ago (fiddler crab i assume) and he was all scavenging and all then i wake up and he is on his back. I have another crab and he was hiding in the filter system. Bu tv i compaired both and the one i found was dark brown and the one on his back is light colored. I read some where they molt like that but iI dont know, i see his leg move slightly every so oftenimage
     
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  2. tokiodreamy

    tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    I'm no expert in crabs but usually you'd be able to see that its a shell. I think he may be dead :(

    Can you pick it up? You'll know instantly if its a shell or not that way.
     
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    kkspencer22New MemberMember

    I had two and , the molten process takes a while i heard , but he should turn to that color that fast he was alive yesterday. And i seen thst i should not mess with them until after so it is a hard choice for me...
     
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    kkspencer22New MemberMember

    The crab also has the black black bulbs im taking it thats his eyes. So no i do not thunk that its his shell thers
     
  5. tokiodreamy

    tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    How long has he been in there? If he is dead, you dont want a body to cause an ammonia spike.

    Whats your water parameters?
     
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    kkspencer22New MemberMember

    They are within their limit. I cant remember the num of ph but it was at the right one and the ammonia was 1 but i got that down
     
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    kkspencer22New MemberMember

    Just to inform , he did pass aways
     




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