I saw the body of one of my ghost shrimps and I figured it molted. Do they live after that?
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More than 10 years
Yes, they live. In order for the shrimp, crab etc. to grow, they must shed the hard shell. Their bodies are soft and they expand while this short period takes place. Their new skin/shell hardens relatively quickly and again they are safe til the next molt. During the fesh molt period they are very desirable as food for your fish and usually they go into hiding.
When the need to molts hits, the old hard shell splits and basically they crawl out of it...crawl, pull anyway they can...immediatly they are very soft and that is how they expand to the new size....sort of like a dry sponge expanding when it gets wet.
I live on the chesapeake and we eat soft crab sandwiches...right after they molt.