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Old 07-06-2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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Blue Leg hermits

I assume what I have are blue legged hermits....I have about 12-15 of them. Have about 80 lbs of LR and CC base. I have noticed 2 hermits out of their shells the past 3 weeks and apparently died. is this common? the others are getting larger by the day and the tank levels are perfect from what i can tell....trites and trates are 0....ammonia 0....PH 8.2 and temp 80-82...they have all been in my tank for about 6-8 months. plus there are empty shells in the tank from left over snails that met their demise. I just wonder if the hermits are not getting enough to eat as I let 0 food hit the bottom when feeding the 4 fish I have.
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Old 07-06-2004, 11:43 AM   #2
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theyb may have jsut molted
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Old 07-06-2004, 12:41 PM   #3
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one of my hermits just did what you said, he got out of his shell and never got back in... eventually he stopped moving. At first I thought he would simply molt, but this was not the case. Anyone have any ideas? btw i have plenty of extra shells of varrying sizes.
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yeah I have found 2 hermits that are definately not a molt....he was dead!! looks like he was all there so no foul play....I would think that if something were wrong with my tank conditions the 3 shrimp I have in there would be dieing...they are doing great! any other ideas?
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They can be quite aggressive amongst themselves and are particularly vulnerable when molting, so it wouldn't surprise me if it was just another hermit that killed them.
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I didn't know hermits also molt. That's probably how one of mine died recently, I found my CBS holding what was left of the hermit.
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Really I didnt know they molt either and wonder if they do?? My CBC moltyed several times but my cleaners have not...never have seen a hermit molt for sure!! Also I think they are being agressive with one another as I saw a couple of them fighting last night and just assumed they were fighting over a peice of food...
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just assumed they were fighting over a peice of food...
Might have been fighting over the house. I had one hermit pull another one out of his house.
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Yeah they seem to do that for fun even when there are extra empty shells around :|
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yeah thats what is so weird...I intentionally left extra shells in there but yet fighting over the same one?? crazy man!! Just crazy!!
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