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Old 08-10-2004, 11:00 PM   #1
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Could my hermit crab be a killer?

I have an established 65 gallon tank that has been doing very well. I have a sailfin tang, 3 clowns, and a damsel. Until recently I also had a firefish, an arrow crab, sally lightfoot crab, and 2 cleaner shrimp. Over the past few months I have slowley lost the last ones mentioned. No sign of health problems, everyone eats well, just one day I realize someone is missing. A week or so later someone else is gone. There is never any sign of a body. Do you think the hermit may be catching and eating his tankmates?
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I kinda doubt it. Could you maybe have a preditor like a mantis?
Cleaners and Sallys are pretty fast for a hermit. How big is the hermit?
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Old 08-10-2004, 11:44 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with a mantis. The hermit is about the size of a mans thumb.
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Here is some info on a mantis shrimp.

http://www.ozreef.org/reference/mantis_shrimp.html
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