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when to move to ISO

Discussion in 'Molting.' started by Boots Mom, Aug 4, 2005.

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  1. Boots Mom

    Boots Mom Hi, I'm New Here!

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    I purchased a new crab on Sunday and by Sunday night he had dug under. I have looked under the to check on him and it looks like a lump of crab laying next to his shell so I am assuming he molted because I notice no "death" smell. My question is when should I move him to ISO? I have four out of my six crabs dug under right now and I caught one of the others starting to dig right next to what I hope is the molted crab. I don't want anything to happen to him if he is definitely alive and molting. Can you tell I am unsure.....this is my first molt so I am not sure what to expect except for what I have read. Thanks for any advice.
     
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    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Well if it makes you feel any better, I never ISO my molting crabs. I always let my crabs molt in the main tank and have not had any problems. I feel you stress the crab out more by moving him to ISO, then back if you aren't sure if he is molting, etc. I think you should leave him where he is, especially if you see a pile of legs (the exo) underneath the substrate. This is a critical time in his molt and you should avoid disturbing him. I have had several crabs dig down immediately after coming home and molt within a weeks time-so maybe he was just waiting for you to come along and purchase him-so at least he'd have proper conditions for molting [​IMG]

    I do, however, ISO sick/naked or new crabs [​IMG]
     
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