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Old 04-20-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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Hermit crabs died

Hey all I had a half dozen red hermit crabs in my tank three of them fell off of my live rocks upside down and died. Are there Amy other snails or crabs I can use in the tank instead of the hermits to clean up? Thanks in advance as always for the great advice.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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so they just dropped dead? or did they fall and end up dead due to falling from their backs? I have hermits fall all the time and it doesn't matter how they land, they just flip right back up
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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They fell on their backs and couldn't flip over. I am afraid I am afraid if I get more the same will happen and was wondering if there were other options
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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They will crawl right out and flip there shells. They died from another cause
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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It might had just been bad luck due to the crabs having shells that were a bit too large. You could always do emerald crabs ( scavengers), nassarius snails (cleans sand), turbo snails (algae eaters), nerite snails (scavengers).

If you want shrimps: cleaner shrimps (cleans fish), fire shrimp (cleans and scavenges some meaty stuff)
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That will not kill them. Something else is going on.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:44 PM   #7
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Thank you. They fell off the back side of my lr and were trapped upside down when I pulled the shells out they were upside down but wedged between the rock and the glass in the back of the tank. I have 2 turbo snails and 3 peppermint shrimp that are doing fine. I think I will give the other snails you mentioned a shot.
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