My blue crayfish- symptoms when he is about to molt?

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  1. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Do they display any symptoms when they are about to molt?

    He has been digging alot in the gravel bed lately. He has dug out the gravel in my tank all the way down to the under gravel filter that I have under a large rock structure.

    I pushed the gravel back and he dug it out once again today.

    Is he trying to secure himself a little spot so that he can molt?

    What other symtoms do molting Blue Crayfish display?
     
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  3. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    Molting creatures will hide when molting. It is their most vulnerable time. Even for a few days afterward, my CBS will not come out. He lets his exo-- harden up.
     
  4. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Well he is always hiding.

    Its just the last few days he has been digging alot....almost like he is trying to get even more protected.

    Makes me wonder if he is trying to molt.

    He has a really pink belly......is that a sign?
     
  5. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    i would say its either geting ready to molt or he is a she and shes about to lay eggs(just a guess i dont know what the signs are.)
    i watched a molting video and the belly on that one looked pretty pink
     
  6. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Must be getting ready to molt because it is a male Blue crayfish. My LFS said that they do not sell females to the public.