Molting time for Sebas Jr once again!

If you have been reading my posts about our tropical fish in our 90 gallon saltwater tank you know about Sebas Jr. If you haven’t, here is a post introducing him. Here are two more posts, here and here.

Here are some photos of Sebas Jr.’s molting. You can see the other fish are curious about this process and are hanging around to check out his cast offs.

Molting of Sebas Jr. in two pieces

In the above photo Sebas Jr. has molted leaving behind his outer old skeleton to make way for the new one. You can see the whole skeleton in two pieces. The largest piece with his claws and legs and the smaller piece on the left of his tail. It is amazing to see it come out in just two pieces like this.

Sebas Jr. will stay inside his shell until his new exoskeleton is hard enough to protect him from the other inhabitants of the tank. If they knew he was vulnerable, they would go after him and devour him. They like the taste of crab.

The crab molted over night when it is safe to come out of his shell to caste off his old skeleton so the new one can grow and harden. All the other fish are asleep at this time. He usually roams around the tank and cleans it up nicely and sleeps off all his hard work the next day. He is mostly nocturnal. Occasionally we do see him awake and looking around for food in the daytime.

Another view of Sebas Jr.’s molting
Fish checking out exoskeleton

The other fish in the tank will eventually eat the exoskeleton if Sebas Jr. doesn’t get to it first for protein. On his first molting the exoskeleton disappeared quickly. They cleaned it up in a blink of an eye.

Fish keeping watch over remains

There is always something to see in this tank. It is fascinating to watch this little water world evolve. I will keep you abreast of any new developments. The only problem now is if Sebas Jr. outgrows his present shell. We don’t have anything larger right now. We will have to shop online to find one before he grows too large to stay in his present shell home.

If you want to learn more about hermit crabs, please check out my book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, who was once in our tank. He was quite the dashing fellow and a hard worker keeping the tank pristine.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and learn more about our hermit crab. He will peek out of his shell soon to clean the tank and fill up on food to regain his strength once again. It is a harrowing process to molt and takes a lot out of him. Come back again for more info in the life of Sebas Jr.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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