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So I'm pretty sure my emerald crab has died. I was doing a wc this morning and he was lifeless on the sandbed. I took him out and have him in some tank water. He has molted before and though he was dead but it was just his shell. Do they go into like a dead state before they molt or is he a goner?
 
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From reading - and personal experience - they can remain motionless for some time after molting - but they usually leave teh old shell and then go hide (i.e. you don't see them). Are you absolutely sure its not the old shell? I would also do 'the smell test' - if its dead you will know. I would tend to keep it in a net perhaps in the tank and watch for a day or 2. (unless its smelling bad)
 
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From reading - and personal experience - they can remain motionless for some time after molting - but they usually leave teh old shell and then go hide (i.e. you don't see them). Are you absolutely sure its not the old shell? I would also do 'the smell test' - if its dead you will know. I would tend to keep it in a net perhaps in the tank and watch for a day or 2. (unless its smelling bad)
Yeah I'm sure it's not his old shell. He is still perfectly intact. I just took him out to smell and he does have slight dead odor. Maybe he hasn't been dead long.
 

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Yeah I'm sure it's not his old shell. He is still perfectly intact. I just took him out to smell and he does have slight dead odor. Maybe he hasn't been dead long.
if even there is a slight dead odor, you're sure its not the old shell, and its not moving at all - I would call it 'dead'
 
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I was doing an inventory on my tank today and I saw my lifeless emerald crab behind rocks. I was so upset as I've only had him a month. I netted it and gave him a proper toilet flush burial.

I then googled, why did my emerald crab die? I found nothing then found a thread on here about checking the tank as he could have molted. So I went in with my Atomic Beam light and checked every nook & cranny. Then surprise, I found him hanging under a rock munching on Chaeto. He was also twice as big. My LFS never told me crabs molt. I have ghost shrimp in my tropical and they molt but as a beginner in SW, I never knew crabs molt too. So thanks to this forum, I'm a happy girl today and apparently I flushed an exoskelton.
 
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