Another trouble some E molt. Eros who was found molted when I was trying to put in the second floor went naked in ISO. I was able to get him back in his shell though after he had a long soak in some salt water. He dug down for a bit and then was back up and eating. So on 3/11/05 I put him back in the main tank after a bath in the salt water.
At the same time I found him I discovered Sebastian(?) in the process of pushing off her exo. I think she may have been dead already when I found her but I moved her to ISO anyway. She was jammed against one of the tree branches so I don’t think she had enough room to shed. She never moved a bit in ISO and after a week she was obviously dead by the smell.
Friday when I was checking on Eros I found one of my Rugosus’s Tula naked and dead. I know other crabbers are experiencing odd deaths this winter but this is so disappointing and upsetting.
One of the new PP’s, died also.
Eros molted and also went naked on me and then reshelled. He seems to be doing fine but had me worried there for a bit. His one leg it a bit bent but not bad.
I’m still unable to find Soomi, Eli, Booger and I think Ebbie. Ebbie had just molted so its possible I have him confused with someone else. I’ve found no remains, no empty shells in odd places. Maybe when I remove the sand this spring and replace it I will find some more clues.