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Old 12-25-2004, 08:07 PM   #1
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I have a dozen blue legged hermit crabs in my 20 gallon. I put them in about a week ago and all twelve of them have made their way to the highest point in the highest live rock in the tank (cleanest rock you'll ever see)...is it normal for hermits to group or is this a sign?
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Old 12-25-2004, 08:11 PM   #2
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You say its the cleanest rock, is there any algae where they are gathering? If so they may be feeding on it.
I don't think its a sign of anything.
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BTW, anybody knows hermit crabs mold like shrimp or not?
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Old 12-25-2004, 11:41 PM   #4
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...threw a bunch in with my 110 gallon while it was cycling... they're pretty happy little critters on the new live rock.
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Sometimes during the night, my hermit group together on the peaks of LR. Never figured out why
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Old 12-26-2004, 09:45 PM   #7
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Some of my smaller hermits form groups during the day. At night or when I feed the disperse though.

All my astrae stay within the top 1/3 of my tank, I think they just prefer the prime algae.
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...does anyone know what to do when they start outgrowing their shells? Is there somewhere to get more... they're little dudes.
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You can buy some larger empty hermit crab shells from LFS, wash them good, and drop them in your tank. The little dudes will eventualy venture into their new homes when they are ready.
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a good LFS will sell empty shells or better yet, give them to you. You can find them on line too. You should have a little hermit shell junk yard in your tank. need a variety of transition shells. You'd be surprised how big of a shell these little guys can carry.
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