Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-25-2005, 11:35 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 15
From the Ocean

I am just getting started with my tank up, I have my LR and my cycle is almost finish. Yesterday, I came home and boyfriend took some hermit crabs from the ocean to put in the tank. Of course, I did not let him because I was afraid they might be carrying some kind of harmful bacteria. I put them in a large piece of tupperware, which I am making my quarantine tank, for the time being.

My questions: Is it safe to add the hermit crabs to my tank? If it is, how long do I need to leave them in the quarantine tank and do I need to add anything to help kill any diseases or harmful bacteria they might be carrying?

Thanks for any help
E Angel

E Angel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2005, 03:00 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
First off, I think it may be illegal to collect wildlife like that.
Secondly, who knows what exact species of hermit crabs these are? They could eat corals, kill fish, or get huge.

I'm not sure what, if any, parasites crabs might carry. A more experienced SW keeper will chime in though, I'm sure.

Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2005, 10:48 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 229
Send a message via AIM to Tito2491 Send a message via MSN to Tito2491
If u dont have fish or corals in there it may harm put em in , first find out what specific hermit it is , is it large ?
Tito2491 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2005, 10:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Panama City Beach, FL
Posts: 547
I think that the legal issues are all about where you are. I can take anything I want, unless I plan to sell it, from the gulf here in Panama City. They have no problem as long as it is going in your tank. However, if you are at the state park, you can not take anything... it makes no sense because who is to say I didnt tank it from the state park, then move out into another area of the beach?

On the hermits, I would not put them in my tank until I had a full id on what type they are. They could be harmful to your tank. The same goes for any and every type of animal you might take from the ocean. Let me gie you an example of one of my hard learned experiences:

While snorkling not too long ago I saw this pretty wrasse. I thought he would be cool in my tank, so we caught him. After finally putting him in the tank from the QT tank we found out that he was not reef safe. He ate everything in our tank that was a plant... Bye bye macro algae. He quickly went back to his ocean home.

We also had some snails that proved to eat entire fish when they were sleeping... it was really cool to watch them devour an entire fish at once, but it was not cool to see the fish die. Have you ever seen a snail wrap its whole body around a fish that is twice its size!?!?! I didnt know it was possible!
JPloman is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ocean Rock Ulysses-31 Cichlid Discussion 0 01-14-2009 09:36 PM
Ocean Water popothemailman Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 3 05-08-2005 10:32 AM
Ocean Wonderland 3D Sparky Aquaria Off-Topic 2 05-17-2004 12:01 PM
SG of atlantic ocean? MT79 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 05-04-2004 09:18 PM
ocean encounter kribbz General Retailers 9 06-12-2003 12:01 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:31 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.