Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab.....molting or dead?

ddranschak

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 7, 2021
Messages
5
Reaction score
2
Location
Dayton
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
We are brand new to the saltwater scene. We have 4 dwarf red and 4 dwarf blue hermits. One of our dwarf blues looks just like the first picture which I found posted on another thread. My crab is in the blue circle in the second picture. Wish I could get a better picture. Will try to get one. We found it hidden behind a shell today. They were all moving around well eating up my small diatom bloom two days ago. All other crabs are doing well today. If it is molting, can I put a shell or something over it to protect it while molting? Or maybe just shells around it? I have not located his old shell yet either. Is this normal? Thanks in advance!

8C467004-7AE0-458E-99FF-AEF8EADD90FD.jpg 2021-01-09 140253.jpg
 

GK3

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 16, 2017
Messages
1,853
Reaction score
1,340
Location
Cincinnati
Rating - 100%
2   0   0
We are brand new to the saltwater scene. We have 4 dwarf red and 4 dwarf blue hermits. One of our dwarf blues looks just like the first picture which I found posted on another thread. My crab is in the blue circle in the second picture. Wish I could get a better picture. Will try to get one. We found it hidden behind a shell today. They were all moving around well eating up my small diatom bloom two days ago. All other crabs are doing well today. If it is molting, can I put a shell or something over it to protect it while molting? Or maybe just shells around it? I have not located his old shell yet either. Is this normal? Thanks in advance!

8C467004-7AE0-458E-99FF-AEF8EADD90FD.jpg 2021-01-09 140253.jpg
Looks like molting
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
93,298
Reaction score
206,799
Location
Wisconsin -
Rating - 100%
14   0   0
Appears to be a molt. generally they do it in a hidden spot. I would say to move it below but during molt, you dont want to disturb it.
 
OP
OP
D

ddranschak

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 7, 2021
Messages
5
Reaction score
2
Location
Dayton
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
UPDATE: So we found the blue hermit that we though was molting. Turned out that he molted!! That was the leftover molting. Is it pretty normal for a two day molting?
 

raks291

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 9, 2023
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Baltimore
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Looks like molting
Hi there, I am a newbie too., have exact same situation . My hermit crab is out is shell, upside down under some algae , can’t tell if it is dead or molting but looks exactly like this picture, can you let me know if any update
 

raks291

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 9, 2023
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Baltimore
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Hi there, I am a newbie too., have exact same situation . My hermit crab is out is shell, upside down under some algae , can’t tell if it is dead or molting but looks exactly like this picture, can you let me know if any update
image.jpg
 

How much do you care about having a display FREE of wires, pumps and equipment?

  • Want it squeaky clean! Wires be danged!

    Votes: 100 43.7%
  • A few things are ok with me!

    Votes: 107 46.7%
  • No care at all! Bring it on!

    Votes: 22 9.6%
Back
Top