Well my day is totally sucking so far! First the torch coral and now this! My little pom pom crab, found it's body in my five gallon (different tankthan the torch). Started to mourn the little guy, I love him sooo much, but then somthing struck me. If it was dead, wouldn't the hermits be trying to eat it? I picked it up and put it right infront of one and it didn't go near it.
Is there a specific way to tell if a pom pom died, or just molted?
im prety sure that the anomone is more like attatched to the claw than the crab is holding it. heres my storry like this... so my favorite biggest crab is killing one of my little ones. i dont want him to kill anymore so i throw him in my bros (cycling tank) to prevent anymore casualties hes looking fine i go to bed there he is out of the shell dead since he was my favorite i was like "Nooo i killed the litl feler" then i came back hours later(cause my bro wanted me to flush him and it was a molt i was like "ANDREW HES NOT DEAD!!!!" and i put him back in my tank and wont do anything like that again
lol nice, I wish more people in my family were interested in reefing. and pom pom crabs definetly carry their nems, cause when they molt they set them down and then pick them back up when they're done. Still no sign of a living crab though. =( I know they hide until their shells get stronger, if it did molt and not die, but how many hiding places can you find in a little five gallon?
Originally Posted by troy989 http:///forum/post/3195401
lol i just thought the anomones just kinda stuck to the claws
A lot of people think that. Actually, they place the anemones down to molt and then pick them back up again. They don't grow new ones after each molt. This is how I can tell whether or not my PomPom Crab has molted or is dead. The dead ones always still have their nems because nothing will eat them.