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Old 10-22-2004, 01:28 PM   #1
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Pistol stealing all my empty shells

I just got a pistol shrimp a couple of weeks ago...very cool animal to watch. Its quite the little sand moving machine.

The one "problem" I'm having is that it steals every single empty shell I dump in and uses them to build its Fortress of Solitude. Its using them all the way down inside its entrances and I have to assume in the tunnels as well to stabilize the sand.

So far in my 25G tank I've added 120 empty shells and there is not a single one available to my hermits!

I don't really think there is anything that can be done...just thought it was cool. Hopefully the hermits will steal them back if they really want them.

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Old 10-22-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Wow, must have a castle in there!!
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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MAN! what kinda shells!!!

thats awsome though.

tell me, are there large piles of sand building up in a mound outside of holes in your LR?

cause I have that happening in my tank and I have no idea whats doing it.
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:45 PM   #4
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Sounds like a pistol shrimp. THere is a steep slope going into my pistols back door. I threw a couple krill in last night and watched the emerald crabs go crazy. One came running across the back of the tank fell down the slope into the hole. I heard a loud pop and he came running out with my pistol right behind him chased him about half way around the tank. It was pretty funny to watch since my pistol only make rare appearances but when he does he is entertaining
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:49 PM   #5
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how do the pistols get along with coral banded shrimp? I have a few (2 or 3) small hithicker pistols in my tank and I put the coral banded shrimp in there only a few days ago.
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:54 PM   #6
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I bought the shells from ebay like these ones
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...331401035&rd=1

At first I was just adding a few at a time every couple of days....then 2 days ago I just said forget it and dumped in probably 50-60...two days later they're all gone!!

I'll try to take a picture tonight of one of the entrances and you can see how they are used. It was so interresting to watch. First it would put a few shells together and then start piling sand on top. Then come back with more shells to plug up the holes where any sand fell through. Doing this over and over he kept extending the entrance. Its even taken to using all the pieces of LR rubble around too.

Rocket not really. The sand piles from this guy are just around the holes in the sand not in the LR. The only piles I've seen around holes in my LR turned out to be poop from a huge crab

Do you ever mess around with their holes/tunnels to force them to keep digging around or is that too mean?
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:59 PM   #7
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Jeez just noticed I need to update my tank info
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"Rocket not really. The sand piles from this guy are just around the holes in the sand not in the LR. "

Guess I misread that.

Sometimes he will pile sand up in a cave and I will blow it back out with a PH but he is just gonna go where he wants to go now. I tried to make him take up residence in another rock but he just kept coming back to the same rock. Its harder to see him where he is living now because his "doors" are towards the backside of the tank.
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Old 10-22-2004, 02:11 PM   #9
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My pistol does not mess with anything unless something goes into or falls into his hole. I have even seen snails crawl in and come back out later injury free.
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My pistol too will only use shells near his doors to help secure them. I have however, seen his watchman goby grab small snails - still in the shell - and take them (presumably) to his shrimp buddy.

It was fun to see one snail re-appear 3 days later. Thought he was doomed to be a piece of the architecture.
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