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Old 02-26-2006, 08:53 PM   #1
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looking for larger reef safe hermits

Greetings,

A while back thatpetplace.com had "orange edge" hermits in stock. They were larger than other hermits with which I have experience (red leg, blue leg, tricolor, scarlet) and reasonably priced. I very much enjoyed having them, as due to their size they were much more interesting to watch. Since that time, however, I've been unable to find them for sale anyplace else.

Does anyone have a source for these hermits, or anther similarly-sized hermit that would be reef safe?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:13 PM   #2
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Reef safe, maybe. Snail safe is another story. I no longer have any type of crab in my main. The only things with claws are shrimp and they don't want the snails for a new home.
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In general I feel the same way about crabs as cmor1701d. According to what I've read on forums, there are no large hermits that are absolutely reef safe. They may behave for awhile but there is always a chance of it nibbling and/or killing coral or fish. I steer clear of all hermits these days. I found they are better at killing beneficial snails than anything else IMO/IME. The only crabs I keep are a Porcelin anemone crab and an Acropora crab. Neither stray from their homes b/c if they did there claws are basically useless for defense, other than putting on a good show. FWIW there are a few snails available that are also omnivores and have a much more desirable temperament. HTH
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