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Old 10-26-2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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**HELP** Starburst Polyp Scarlet Reef Hermit ?????!

My husband and I put a starburst polyp in the main today and we see Scarlet Reef Hermit's picking at it. Question are the going to harm our new addition?

Thank you worried wife
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:31 AM   #2
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Probably just checking it out for algae or for kicks. Hermits are not bad unless you count killing snails and knocking over frags
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i heard some scarlets are proned to eating some corals and anemones. I have a common hermit took out a anemone. So if its picking at it i think theres a good chance he mite eat it.
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When you add something new to the tank, your crabs and such will go check it out. They are looking food but are considered reef safe.

http://www.etropicals.com/product/pr...43&pCatId=1264

It freaks you out when you see something crawing over your new coral. Hermits and snails are widely used since they don't hurt anything. I have had all kinds of hermits and all they ever do is knock over stuff.
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I had a similar experience with peppermint shrimp. Put in a new coral and the peps were all over it. I was worried but they were just checking it out. No harm done. I'd keep an eye on them anyway though, just because I'm paranoid when it comes to expensive corals. :|
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Yep. My hermits and shrimp check out ANYTHING new. Sometimes almost before I can get my hand out of the water.

No worries mon! OK then, wo - mon! (Oh, how I enjoyed Jamaica this past summer )
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