Neocaridina moult

Dwarf shrimp moult

How often do dwarf shrimp shed their skin?

This question can not be answered in a general way, because dwarf shrimp grow and shed their skin throughout their lives. These animals must shed their old skin in order to grow. Therefore, the intervals between molts become longer and longer, the older the animal is. When the animal is fully grown, they molt approximately every 4 – 6 weeks. In young animals this can be almost daily.

Attention: For beginners a shrimp skin can look like a dead animal. You can easily tell if it is a dead animal or a skin. If it is a little transparent, you have found a skin. If you can not see through it, it is possible that it is a dead dwarf shrimp. In addition, you can also look at the shape. The old skin of the dwarf shrimp is always open in the after area, because there the shrimp leaves the skin.

Dwarf shrimp molting problems

  • Wrong feeding -> food has too high cholesterol content (for example with artemia and mosquito larvae)
  • Problems with water values -> Too high nitrate or phosphate value
  • Mineral deficiency
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