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Old 07-11-2011, 02:35 PM   #11
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Could be the bigger ones are snacking on them.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:37 PM   #12
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that's right it at snails i remember that thread maybe it is the bigger ones snacking too
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Just for fun ya think? I do have plenty of shells for them.

And ironically, I have no issues in my 125g. I have several golf ball sized hermits running around in there but I still have all the little ones. LOL
Maybe cause theres just more real estate?
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that's right it at snails i remember that thread maybe it is the bigger ones snacking too

Just remembered what snail was the killer, it was a Conus snail. LOL

The one that would spear the snails and eat them and left all my shells with little harpoon holes in them. That was way intense. I returned him to the store, and I havent gotten any more. Thank good ness!
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Just remembered what snail was the killer, it was a Conus snail. LOL

The one that would spear the snails and eat them and left all my shells with little harpoon holes in them. That was way intense. I returned him to the store, and I havent gotten any more. Thank good ness!
very cool as a species only i say hm what if they dont have enough minerals like you mentioned theres just no way to test that theory
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Well I know I used to use a hydrometer for checking my salt levels and when I got round to buying a refactrometer it showed my salt to be at 1.028!!! The hydrometer was saying it was at 1.022!! Bit of a difference! I can't see your salt level being an issue though! JMO but I'm a newbie so I'm not sure haha!
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Fish I believe only need 1.021 or something low like that, in my coral setups I keep it at 1.026 for the corals.

Anyone have any input on the salinity needed for hermits?

Also, are there any calcium requirements for hermits? Does calcium level, alkalinity or phosphates play a role? Like shrimp for example, the need certain minerals to molt and be healthy. Is there anything liek that for the crabs?

Thanks guys, while it's not a major groundbreaking question, I'm really curious to know.
Any livestock that molts would need proper calcium levels.That why you will normally have a shrimp molt shortly after water change.

Just a thought ,but are you sure your hermits are dead,they might just have molted and you are seeing their old body exteriors.
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Other note in my situation, I have dead hermits, actual little bodies that are out of their shells. Not eaten, just dead. Would the bigger hermits torment them out of their shells or something? lol
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Any livestock that molts would need proper calcium levels.That why you will normally have a shrimp molt shortly after water change.

So wait a second. I heard hermits actually molt. So could this be the issue? I'm gonna go do a calcium test now and see what I get. Anything else I should test for ya think?
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Other note in my situation, I have dead hermits, actual little bodies that are out of their shells. Not eaten, just dead. Would the bigger hermits torment them out of their shells or something? lol
i wouldn't think so do you have enough shells their next size up?
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