Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

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Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

Post by ashleylovesyou » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:15 pm

Hermcules has been molting for about a month. Maybe a week ago, on the surface of the substrate I noticed a new hole ~1-2" deep where I could see the top of his shell. I checked the tank camera and he hasn't resurfaced, so I think one of my other crabs dug down and found him. I covered the opening to his tunnel with the large shell I use as a food dish as a bit of protection.

This morning, I noticed my other crab, Snooki, in the hole on top of Hermcules. I pulled her off and couldn't immediately see Hermcules' shell, so I very lightly brushed away a layer of sand to see if he was still there. I found him, and I think he's now upside down with sand packed in and around his shell.

It's hard to tell because he's still pretty well covered, but here are a couple of photos:
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Since he's partially exposed and his tunnel seems somewhat collapsed, should I dig him up and isolate him? I've never isolated a crab before, so any help is greatly appreciated!

FYI: One other crab is down and I don't know where, so isolating Herm by sticking a container down into the sub to surround him might put the other crab in jeopardy. I feel like I may have to gently dig him up and place him in a container of moss, but I'm going to wait for the advice I get here before making any moves.

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Re: Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

Post by aussieJJDude » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:36 pm

I would ISO him, if I saw the shell I would ISO as the other crabs will be able to pick up the moulting hormones.

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Re: Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

Post by ashleylovesyou » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:46 am

Update: It was an empty shell that didn’t belong to Hermcules! By sheer coincidence, I woke up this morning to find Herm up and about (His little crab ears must’ve been ringing because I’ve been talking about him!). I checked the hole and the shell was still there, so I knew it was the spare that looked just like his. Crisis averted! :clap:

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Re: Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

Post by scuttlecrusty22 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:03 am

:cloud9: Yay!!!
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Re: Molting crab exposed in tunnel. ISO?

Post by angelbearpuppy » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:32 am

That is good to hear

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