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Old 12-04-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Are hermit crabs good to have??

I have a 75gal FOWLR. I have just picked up a hermit crab, he's pretty big. Are they good to have? I though he'd be good as a scavenger. But, he pops alot. He's fun to look at though.

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How big is big? Generally no crabs are safe,they are all opportunistic scavengers, tiny janitors help as a clean up crew though.
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The shell he's in is almost the size of a baseball.
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well thats quite large... i'd return it, otherwise livestock might become deadstock..
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Id have to agree with StripsTheEel. I had a few larger hermits once and they would flip my mexican turbo snails over and eat them all.
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I have small hermit crabs and they are pests.
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I have small hermits and have no problems with them. I know the large ones are trouble though.
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The small ones are good clean up crews but your big one will be a problem. He`ll knock over your live rock and eat your snails. Take him back and exchange him for some small ones that wont tear your tank up.
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you want the red , blue or scarlet legged hermits.
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