why my fire and cleaner shrimps are constantly changing their skins?

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  1. nybatu

    nybatu Bristle Worm

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    this is the second time i am seeing they dress up again and dropped their skin off why is that happening?
     
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  3. lissa

    lissa Astrea Snail

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    No worries....I have been told this is because of the nourishment, eating well makes them bigger & shed faster. It's a good sign :) Keep it up.
     
  4. liegeofinveracity

    liegeofinveracity Coral Banded Shrimp

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    i had been wondering this myself. i got real nervous about it too
     
  5. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    From wikipedia ... and crustaceans, moulting is the shedding of the exoskeleton (which is often called its shell), typically to let the organism grow. This process is called ecdysis. Ecdysis is necessary because the exoskeleton is rigid and cannot grow like skin. The new exoskeleton is initially soft but hardens after the moulting of the old exoskeleton.
     
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  6. mandarin11

    mandarin11 Peppermint Shrimp

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    This is a natural process, don't worry about it. How often are they molting?
     
  7. Zectra

    Zectra Feather Duster

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    This is good. My cleaner shrimp molt somewhere from 4-6 weeks. Depending on size they can do it more frequently. Once they get a little bit bigger in size it should slow a bit, and happen less frequently. As long as your tank is safe for the little guy, he should be fine.

    Hope that helped some =)
     
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  9. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Can't add much to that. Good response, Bogie!;D
     
  10. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You're not adding iodine are you?
     
  11. wareagle35031

    wareagle35031 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    They gotta molt to grow, that means they are getting lots to eat and growing pretty quick, good thing if your levels are all good.
     
  12. techno2

    techno2 Stylophora

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    Perfectly normal.
    It still gets me when my Coral Banded Shrimp molts. I always think he died.
    When CBS molt, it seemes to be the whole thing, even what looks like the claws.

    Interesting paper
    http://nsgl.gso.uri.edu/tamu/tamug01003.pdf