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Ostridge
11/03/2009, 09:57 AM
Our emerald crab is turning pale colors. Is he dying or is he just about to molt?

lordofthereef
11/03/2009, 11:51 AM
Mine changed from bright green to a hazier white, but only its back. He is now covered in coraline though so I cannot tell what the deal was.

Ostridge
11/03/2009, 12:03 PM
yea thats what is happening. so its normal?

MarshaW
11/03/2009, 01:59 PM
Mine has also turned colors along with my ywg. I wonder if they do this with age?

vickreyreef
11/03/2009, 06:46 PM
mine have both been whitish for the past few months....no clue why but they never molted and are still healthy

jflick345
11/03/2009, 08:30 PM
I've read that emerald mithrax crabs get the green color from the algae they eat. When there's not enough algae for them to eat they start to lose the color. You can actually just supplement their diet with algae like you would any other creature

Ostridge
11/03/2009, 09:32 PM
Thanks. we havent put any algae in the tank yet. could be the issue. what kind of algae do you recommend?

jflick345
11/03/2009, 09:35 PM
Any of the sheets of green macro algae you can buy for tangs and whatnot are fine. Just tear off a strip and weigh it down under a rock and I'm sure he'll find it.