First causality maybe

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    Pilotkev55

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    I may have had a peppermint shrimp die. I rearranged my rock to a more suitable arrangement . I was careful not to harm anything I think. I noticed today what looks like a body or a molt. I'm not sure yet. I can only find one shrimp running around as of yet, but there are plenty of places the shrimp might be that I can't see.

    Do shrimp molts also contain legs? And is there a small amount of color red left with the molt or is that pretty much gone? It's in a hard to get to area of the tank of course. I guess time will tell. I will continue to observe to see ifi can get a glimpse of two shrimp or something. Water is in good shape, no temp fluctuations and I did a partial water change last night as well.:grumble:
     
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    I have only two shrimp by the way, well maybe one now
     
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    Probably a molt and he's very shy now so you don't see it.
     
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    The molts do have some color and legs and antennae. It's probably a molt and the shrimp is in hiding letting his new shell get hard before he comes out.
     
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    Yup....that's what it sounds like to me....I had a couple of red skunk shrimps that used to seemingly take turns molting....sometimes there would be 2 molts in the tank at once....
     
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    Yeah I'm not convinced yet, I can't find the other shrimp anywhere . I looked online and found a photo of what was a molt from a shrimp. This looks like a full shrimp. It's still in the tank but no hermit crabs are messing with it. I hope it's a molt though.
     
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    Before I left for work here, I did a water test. Everything is good. From what I can tell. Maybe if he did die it was just his time. I have not seen anything else go after him. All I have is three turbo snails , a small clown fish, and about 15 hermit crabs of varying types. I don't know if anything went after him. The corpse looks pretty much intact nothing missing but it's hard to tell being the fact of its it's location in the tank
     
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    And one other shrimp to, all the rest are Doing fine so far
     
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    Sounds like molt. No worries. It does look like a shrimp body, lots of color, legs. A lot of us have peppermints and never see them. If you want a shrimp you see all the time, you should get a skunk shrimp.
     
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    I got home this morning from work , the shrimp molt or body is gone. I'll just keep observing to see if he shows up sometime. I have seen the other one alive and well already this morning.
     
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    I have 6 peppermint shrimp in my 55. Don't worry, you get use to seeing what looks like their corpses. They are just molts usually, even if it looks like a full body. Hidden behind, underneath, or between rocks is the one who molted. It's not abnormal to not see them for days after a molt. So, don't get too worked up yet. Now, if you see what looks like a molt stuck to a powerhead, yeah, that's a different story. That's how I lost one of my Skunks when I had my 10g nano set up :frustrat:
     
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    My shrimp's molts get sucked onto the powerhead all the time.
     
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    You are lucky! My Skunk got curious, and found out the hard way that a power head isn't shrimp friendly! It sucks, I watched it happen. I just figured he was trying to pick stuff off it. It was quick, pulled it in and bits and pieces of it just started getting sent around the tank :(
     
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    Feeding Frenzy!!!!!
     
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    Indeed, my two clowns quickly went to town lol
     
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    Wow, i wish i had that money @ 30 bucks a piece. Very expensive food for a day
     
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    You can't get fresher seafood than that
     
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