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Old 03-08-2014, 09:56 AM   #1
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Hermit crab vs coral branded shrimp?

I just woke up to see a little red legged hermit crab having breakfast! He ripped the poor shrimp in half and is going to town between these rocks. I didn't know they would react like this. Is this normal? I just got that shrimp yesterday:-(Click image for larger version

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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I doubt the hermits killed it but once it was dead they did what they do. How did you acclimate the shrimp?
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Dripped for about 2 hours. He seemed fine all day yesterday. Was moving around tank fine. But the lights went out and that's what I found. The crazy part is that he was still fighting and the crab was laying on top of him cutting him in pieces.
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Yeah... It's very strange for the hermit crab to have killed the shrimp.
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Are you sure it isn't a molt?
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I hop it is. Maybe I will see him when I get home from work.
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I just find it hard to believe that the hermits could kill a CBS let alone catch one
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Well I looked over my whole tank and no shrimp. So unless something went down when I wasn't watching the shrimp is gone. He was all over the tank yesterday until this morning.
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When they molt, they tend to hide since their outer shell is very soft and they are vulnerable to predators. They usually do so for a couple days. Are you adding food for the crabs and shrimp?
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I feed the tank pellets, shrimp and flakes. I alternate those.
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