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I had this little (and I mean little) guy in ISO for about two weeks. His friend and him seemed ready to meet the main tank. When I put them in I watched closely making sure every one would get along ok. It was then that I noticed the shell he had changed into looked a little heavy. So heavy in fact that he can’t even drag it an inch. So back into Iso he goes, with a circle of new (better fitting) shells and a morsel of food right near by. It has been 3 days and he just won’t change. He hasn’t moved from that spot either (he has turned and shifted). I trade out the shells every 24-48 hours so he has plenty to choose from. What else can i do?
I know it sounds crazy, but have you tried tilting his shell a little backwards so he can come out? It may be so heavy that he can hardly lift up. If you gently tilt him back so he can stretch his legs out and have a good, lightweight shell waiting right there he might be more tempted to switch.
~ crabbing since 2003