Shell evacuation

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Shell evacuation

Post by Daisycrazygirl » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:34 pm


I have had my 4 hermit crabs for three weeks. One of them has left its shell on the surface. When I found him, The Rock he was clearly distressed on his back and looked tangled in moss. I gently removed the moss and placed him in isolation using a bottle in the main tank. I have been giving clean shells sterilized and 3 or 4 at a time. Provided salt water and fresh. I have been giving small amounts of food including a mineral block. It has been 4 days now and still out of shell. Day 1 and 2 The Rock seemed exhausted after trying to get in a shell. Then he did not move just idle for entire day. Day 3 he seemed to move more when I touched his legs and then left him alone. Day 4 he was sitting on top of the mineral block and food and seemed more visibly active. Still no shell.
Prior to this I noticed he changed shells but it seemed small for him. I saw what seemed like he was trying to wrestle the shell off another.
What should I do? How long can he live without a shell? I keep swapping sizes and types daily. :(

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