How long have you had the crab(s) in question? Since Late August Do you know what species they are? PP Did you/Do you isolate new crabs? Haven't had to, they all came from the same place Tank Size: 10 gallon, soon to expand Lid Type: screen, covered in plastic wrap Placement of tank in your home: Bedroom Substrate Used (moist or dry & depth): EE, moist, 3-4 inches Type of Gauges: Strip and Analog Did you test your humidity gauge for accuracy? no Placement of Gauges: upper right corner Temperature and Humidity levels in your tank: 70 degrees(i know it needs to be at least 72, but I'm working on getting the money for a heat lamp ) 70% (but my gauge might be wrong, it feels higher than that) Heating Source (if UTH how much of the tank does it cover and how much substrate is over it):UTH, about 1/3 of the tank, about 1.5 inches over it Lighting Source (type bulbs & wattage): desk lamp (just for light) I think 60 Watts? Do you have at least one area for each crab to hide? There's only enough room for one hiding spot but it's a big upturned flower pot. Is there any metal in your tank? Nope What types of climbing things/toys do you have in your tank? Not any right now, my old ones got moldy and I haven't been able to find new stuff What type of water do you use (dechlorinated tap/spring water)? distilled water If you use dechlorinating drops-which kind? N/A Do your provide fresh and salt water? If yes, what type of salt mix do you use? Yes, Instant Ocean Do you provide dishes for water or just sponges? dishes, no sponges How many extra shells do you have for each crab? at least 2-3 Did you boil the shells prior to putting them in the tank? uh... no. I rinsed them in distilled water. Must boil now. Do you bathe your crabs? If yes, how often and what do you use to bathe them in? nope Do you only handle your crabs with clean hands? Don't handle them, but always wash my hands before I put them in the tank How often do you handle them? Haven't so far Have they been exposed to toxins such as chemical/cleaning fumes, perfume, spray deodorant, etc? No Do you allow your crabs to exercise outside the tank? no What types of foods do you feed? fresh food, raw broccoli, mushrooms, baby corn, carrots, peanut butter, sardines, shrimp, salmon, banana chips, slivered blanched almonds. What do you use as a calcium supplement? Cuttlebone. They love it!! They've eaten half the big one I put in when I got them. -------------------------------------------------------------- So I go to change their food and their water and I found Franklin falling out of his shell... the strange thing is, there's no fishy smell. So I put him in a little cage (I don't have an iso yet) overnight to see if he's really dead. I sniffed him this morning and still no smell. I know they give off quite a pungent fish stench when they're dead, so I'm crossing my fingers that it's a surface molt. He buried himself under the food dish, but I didn't realize it and I did a deep clean, so I accidentally removed him (I know, I'm kicking myself now). He was above ground but pretty sluggish, and I tried to dig a little bit for him and put him in a shallow hole hoping he would dig back in. He scuttled away and hid in the pot, and was in there when I found him. I am desperately hoping it's a molt since there's no smell (does it take a while for the smell to happen, or is it smelly as they die?) I took him out because I thought if he was molting then I was afraid the others would attack (2 of them are a lot bigger, I'm not sure how that dynamic works). I'll be devastated if he's dead. I love him. My mom entrusted me with him (he's supposed to he her classroom pet) and I bonded with the little fella. He's so shy and sweet... Please help! What do surface molts look like? He literally fell almost all the way out of his shell. If he is molting, what should I stick in there with him? Cuttlebone, salt water, fresh water? Anything else? Please don't be dead Franklin!!