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Old 03-03-2005, 01:11 AM   #1
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All my hermits seem to be huddled up on one rock tonight like their scared of something, I counted 9 in one hole huddled together, think something could be stalking them or is this normal, This is the first time i have witnessed this behavier from them.
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Old 03-03-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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I saw this posted once before. Here is the link and hope it helps

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...=39468&start=0

*Edit* I just read that thread and I dont think it will help much but at least you know it is not just your setup. Good luck
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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when i throw algae wafers in the tank my hermits will huddle like that around them, and will be there for like hours later...could they have been feeding on something?
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Old 03-03-2005, 07:06 AM   #4
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Mine hang out together like that on occasion, too, showing no signs of life at all. Then, all of a sudden, they're off and running (around 5pm each day). The other day, two of them were wrestling for a few minutes.

I ordered some new shells, as I'm not sure how often/when they need to move into larger digs, or what the behavior is that leads up to the move.

Right now, I only see one. The others are hidden in holes in the rocks, I guess. We'll see later when the lights come on.

Strange occurance, though. There are remnants of what appears to be a dead crab, but since all of my hermits are accounted for, and there are no stray shells, I have NO IDEA where it came from. I have to think it was in the LR when I got it from the LFS. I can't tell for sure if it was a hermit, but the legs have the same red color, and it appears to be a crab. I can't explain this any more than I can explain a 7-armed micro star that appears on the back glass every few days. (Looks kind of like one of those wagon-wheel pastas).
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:27 AM   #5
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There are remnants of what appears to be a dead crab, but since all of my hermits are accounted for, and there are no stray shells

That is probably a molt...looks just like the hermit crab
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:29 AM   #6
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That is probably a molt...looks just like the hermit crab
Can you tell I'm still a newbie? Shoulda though of that myself!!

Thanks...
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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