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Old 10-07-2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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Cycling a small tank for hermit crabs.

How would i go about cycling a small 5 gallon tank for some hermit crabs? I find some at lfs that were really tiny and cheap. Would i need live rock? Do i need to cycle it any differently than a freshwater tank?
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:30 PM   #2
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Joey, you may want to edit the title of this thread. It is confusing.

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Old 10-07-2005, 10:54 PM   #3
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Cycle the tank the same you would any other. The inhabitants you wish to keep are not key to the cycle process although the set up will be.
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As far as hermits are concerned, it depends on what type. Are you taking about the large golf ball sized or the small reef types?

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I have no idea. The ones i saw were the size of nickels. They were labeled as Zebra hermit crabs but they didn't look anything like them.
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Zebra hermits aka left handed hermits (Calcinus laevimanus) lose their "zebra" appearance as they get larger. Does the left claw look much larger than the other?

As far as your set up is concerned if just keeping these guys, the basics will do. You don't necessarily need LR as they are negligable on the bioload. I would however suggest a few small pieces if you can get some cheap. It will give them something to pick at naturally and add to you viewing pleasure overall, but again not absolutely necessary.

When feeding, keep it light and sparse. A few times a week is fine and use sinking type pellets so the food is not wasted and the crabs can access it immediately before it deteriorates.

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Re: Cycling a small tank for hermit crabs

The ones i saw were red. They didn't look like zebra hermitcrabs at all.
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Red, could be red leg or scarlet hermits. Nothing changes from what Steve says about the tank set up. Toss in some empty shells for them to use when they want a bigger home.
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