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Old 11-29-2007, 01:42 AM   #11
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I was told at my LFS that blue legged hermits would kill nassarius snails. T/F?
Yikes! good point--I've got one and I don't want to supply him with dinner. Maybe someone can confirm (or not)??
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Hermits will kill snails for their shells or if they can't find food. I saw my hermit go after my queen conch, but she just "jumped" away. To be honest, I rarely see my hermits on the substrate, much less stirring up the sand. I mostly see them on the rocks and sometimes at the top of the tank, where they climbed up the silicone!
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I have several blue-leg and scarlet hermits w/ nassarius snails. The scarlet hermits are usually on the rocks all the time and the blue legs will sometimes be on the sand but I've never seen a hermit attack nassarius snail. My pistol shrimp attacks them though. If they come too close to his area he'll come out and either snap at them or pick them up and pull them in, but they'll come out, he doesn't kill/injure them.

Just keep the hermits fed and leave shells around the tank so they don't attack the snails.
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:06 PM   #14
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I got tired of watching both blue leg adn red leg hermits attacking snails. I no lnoger have any in my tank. I do have several varieties of snails though; nassarius, nerite, cerith and a couple of fighting consh.
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I agree with Cmor, I have only 3 hermits in my 55 and don't plan on any in my 125.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:34 PM   #16
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This might sound stupid, but with these sand sifters, can they cause your live rock display to fall over if they're so actively moving sand around?

I'd love to have a bullet goby because my sand rarely moves unless I do it, at least to the visible eye - it probably moves around grain by grain.
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I make sure my bottom layer of LR is firmly on the glass bottom.
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I'm guessing that's a yes? Could they really cause it? Being paranoid like me can be different to reality.

Hmm, bugger. I just put my rock on the sand.
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Yes they could cause a collapse but if you had placed the base rock in first on the glass and then the sand, it wouldn't be a problem. Sometimes I look up through the stand and I can see the pistol moving around since it's moved all the sand out from under the rocks in some places.
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I agree with Lance, the pistols will burrow under EVERY rock, but the rest of the sifters really only sift the top layer, at least the ones I have.
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