how often should a fire shrimp molt?

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  1. bustaslick

    bustaslick Astrea Snail

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    I'm just curious about how often a fire shrimp should molt, ive had mine for one month and it has molted twice. any thoughts..
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Since no one else has replied I will

    I don't know the answer but I would have to say "when ever it feels it needs to"

    I wouldn't think molting is a sign of sickness or anything, but I'm not expert.

    Jason
  4. allaboutfish37

    allaboutfish37 Feather Duster

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    yes did you get your shrimp small?they will keep doing it Intel they reach their max size..
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    bustaslick Astrea Snail

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    I think he is getting fatter... he likes to eat..
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    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    Mine seemed to molt about every 4 to 6 weeks ;D
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    Astalie Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I've had mine for about 3-4 weeks now and so far no molts.. hope thats ok. I suppliment w/ iodine so that shouldn't be the problem. cute lil thing just sits there rocking back and forth all day. I'll prolly get a cleaner shrimp so they can play tag or something :)
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  9. Astalie

    Astalie Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    oooh! he molted, i saw it yesterday. yay!! :) :D :)
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    fletch Kole Tang

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    Yup my cleaner shrimp molts about every 4 to 6 weeks also. 8)
  11. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    ok, im no expert but i believe it has the do with 2 things:

    1. age, as a shrimp gets older is molts less often.
    2. a) Feeding, if u feed the shrimp more it will get bigger, needing to molt.
    b) this fact is still held under control by the fact that as the shrimp gets older it molts less

    So if u feed it alot it will molt faster than if u didnt but will still slowly begin to molt less often as it ages.

    This is of course not definate, there will always be events that disprove this. The statement is simply a general idea that is usually true :)
  12. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    Not to be the iodine cop, BUT, I hope you tested before adding iodine (or any other supplement). Iodine can be toxic and only added if low. I've never added iodine and my shrimp molt like clock work.

    As stated there are reasons for variations in molting. Glad to hear your shrimp finally got new threads!
    ;D