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Is Eleanor going to molt?

Discussion in 'Molting.' started by lovelylivelycrabs, Oct 27, 2009.

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  1. lovelylivelycrabs

    lovelylivelycrabs "Preparing For First Molt"

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    I just saw Eleanor and her exo seems kind of gray... I couldn't tell you if she's lethargic or eating more since she NEVER comes out of her shell when I'm around, I just want to make her as comfortable as possible. I don't have an ISO, I have a empty aquarium but I don't have any substrate (and no means to get any). I'm worried since she's not buried, and she always stays over the UTH so I don't want her to bury there. After Franklin's death, I'm scared she'll surface molt and die too.

    I put in a pool of salt water (along with fresh) deep enough for the crabs to submerge a couple days ago, could it be possible she submerged but some salt stayed on her to make her grayish, like in a film or something? She wasn't able to submerge before, so maybe she got in and didn't rinse off in the fresh water? :confused:

    I'm scared for her... I'll update with pictures.
     
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    lovelylivelycrabs "Preparing For First Molt"

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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    It's definitely possible - without being able to see her joints (look at her leg joints) to see if she's got white around the joints and, in some cases, you can actually see old exo separating from new exo, I can't tell for sure.

    A surface molt isn't a bad thing, though - there's a lady with 82 crabs on one of the other forums I belong to, who has had over 500 successful molts, and all but two of them were surface molts. Trust me, surface molting doesn't sign a death warrant. Just be ready - make sure you can section her off from the other crabs until she's hardened, and have food and both waters with her if/when she does molt.
     
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    lovelylivelycrabs "Preparing For First Molt"

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    I didn't see any white around her joints when she came out (for that "magical moment" ;)) so I don't know. She's been hiding in the pot more in the last couple of days...
     
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