i smell ammonia

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i smell ammonia

Post by Guest » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:08 pm

hi everyone just a quick question :?: i think i smell ammonia in my tank :oops: did i do something wrong .2 hermies walking 1 undergtound :?: 1 left, can't find her with out moving and digging :cry: the 2 that are out seem to be fine.wanted to clean out tank but now should i :?: whats with that ammonia smell its not decay but not pleasant

scotty :cry:

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Post by Guest » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:11 pm

ammonia is a good indication of a molt. I would move any hermies on the surface to another tank (make sure they aren't the molters) and then just let the molter (whichever it is) do it's thing.

If you see the third up and running aruond, grab that one too and put it in the other tank, so that only the molter is left in the tank.

If you don't have another tank, try to find where the smell is strongest, and maybe take some CD Jewel cases, and (very, very, very, gently) try to iso off 1/2 or even 1/4 of the tank, that you think the molter is in. Make sure the case goes to the bottom of the tank, and that the others can't climb over them. Keep food and water on both sides of the barier, and just keep an eye and ear out for any fights / chirping..

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Post by HERMEZ » Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:20 pm

All my crabs molt in the main tank. IMHO you dont have to move them unless you think there is trouble. If you dont know exactly where they are do not try the CD thing cause you may collapse their tunnel. They often give a window underneath and if you can spot that then you can keep an eye on things.

Dead hermies are more fishy so yes sounds like a molt and will be in the most vulnerable stage of one so be careful.

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Post by Guest » Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:26 pm

hi again how will i know if there the molters i picked up 2 today that seemed ok but i don't know if there molting i know that 1 dug under the sand and before he did that i notised that his claw was a little yellow :shock:
thanks , scotty

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Post by annopia » Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:32 pm

after crabs molt they have sharp, long nails at the tips of their walking legs, and I find this an easy way to recognize a molt afterwards (especially if you know that previously they didn't have these nails).

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