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Old 12-04-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Pros and Cons of Hermits in Cleanup Crew

Okay, so I'm trying to decide if I should get a clean up crew with hermits in it, or leave them out. My stocklist is going to be:
1 Orange Lined Cardinalfish
1 Regular Ocellaris Clown
1 Black Ocellaris Clown
1 Possum Wrasse
6 Sexy Shrimp
Assorted Corals

Hermits are reef safe, aren't they? Are there any glaring problems with hermits and my planned stock list? I don't want the hermits so badly as to change my stocklist. It's either hermits work or they don't, I just need a little help deciding.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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Oh, and this is my list of corals, in case it makes a difference:

Button Polyp
Lavender Mushroom
Green Florescent Mushroom
Thick finger Leather Coral
Candycane Coral
Brian Coral, Favites
Green Polyp Leather
Folded Brian Coral
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The only drawback to hermits is that they often kill each other for their shells. :-( other than that they may crawl over a coral but they don't bother them or other fish.
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The only drawback to hermits is that they often kill each other for their shells. :-( other than that they may crawl over a coral but they don't bother them or other fish.
So I just need to have extra shells for them? Will that cutback on that problem, if it doesn't completely solve it?
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:56 PM   #5
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It will def help if you have extra shells. It may not completely "cure" the problem but it will help
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Okay. I think they are really neat, so I guess hermits are added to my plan! Thanks, Carey.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:04 PM   #7
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So here's a clean up package that I found:

20 astreas
1 trochus
5 scarlet hermits
10 Mexican blue leg hermits
1 emerald crab

How does that sound? It says for 10-20 gallons. I'm still looking at others, too.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:05 PM   #8
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I think it could be ok for a 20g tank, thats alot of snails lol
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That's what I was thinking. That's also while I'm still looking, lol.
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You could make your own at the lfs or LA.
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