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Old 09-24-2003, 09:57 PM   #1
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chocolate chip starfish have bits of them missing

Hi.. I have 2 chocolate chip star fish. We also have a hermit crab that has major issues. We think he killed the horseshoe crab. Now.... the chocolate chip starfish have chunks of their "chips" missing. I think the culprit is the hermit crab.

Do you think that the hermit crab did this? Will the hermit crab stop attacking them? Should I remove the hermit crab & take him back to the pet store?

55 gal saltwater tank.

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Old 09-25-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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The missing parts may not be missing at all. The spots that appear to be missing may just be white spots. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-25-2003, 04:21 PM   #3
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What kind of Hermit is it? Blue leg or Scarlets wouldn't be doing this...
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Old 09-25-2003, 10:34 PM   #4
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I'm not sure what kind of hermit crab he is..... he looks like a strawberry (red with seed looking things on him).

Would an emerald crab or a porcelain crab be ok to add to my aquarium (if the chemical levels are ok)?

3 percula clownfish
1 yellow tang
1 butterfly
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2 chocolate chip starfish
1 royal gramma
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Old 09-26-2003, 04:49 PM   #5
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We caught the hermit crab attacking the starfish this morning....so he is going back to the LFS.

What would you suggest we add to our 55 gal tank? (something to clean up the mess on the bottom?)

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Old 09-26-2003, 10:20 PM   #6
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The choc star itself will/should take care of some detritus but a good combination of cerith and nassarius snails would help.

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Old 09-26-2003, 11:46 PM   #7
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What type of crabs would work in our aquarium without harming the other inhabitants?

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Old 09-26-2003, 11:52 PM   #8
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There is no guarantee when it comes to crabs of any species. They are strict opportunists but some are better than others. Personally I have always found lefthaded hermits Calcinus laevimanus to be a great addition. Coral/invert safe and the least likely to prey on snails provided there are extra empty shells about for new "homes".

With the right mix of snails however, crabs of anykind are not really neccessary.

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how long have you had them?
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