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Questions about molting and schooling


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A failed molt = RIP. You'll have a dead shrimp if it can't molt. As far as how often you should find the ghostly exoskeletons, that depends on how many shrimp you have and your water temperature. Shrimp will grow faster in warmer water, so molt more often. I have about 25 shrimp and I see exoskeletons easily a couple times a week. I have a heavily planted tank so I rarely remove the exoskeletons. The shrimp will actually get a bit of nutrients and calcium from it, and what they don't consume will biodegrade into the water column. Although if you keep proper water parameters, that may not be necessary, so removing them is a personal choice.

Edited by Wes L.
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