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Old 08-27-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Empty shells for CUC??

Does anyone have / keep empty shells in their tanks for their clean up crew? I have a hermit crab, conch and turbo snail. I believe hermit crabs quite like to change shells. Does it restrict their growth / harm them by not having a bigger shell to move into?!
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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Does anyone have / keep empty shells in their tanks for their clean up crew? I have a hermit crab, conch and turbo snail. I believe hermit crabs quite like to change shells. Does it restrict their growth / harm them by not having a bigger shell to move into?!
I leave them all in my tank. It makes for a much more natural look and if my hermits wanna change they have many to choose from.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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Ok, my tank is just a baby- so no CUC have vacated their shells yet. I'll maybe go back to LFS and see if they have any empty shells to sell me I guess?
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Hobby stores are a great place to locate shells you can add to the tank for future homes for the hermits. If a hermit reaches a size were it needs to change shells and an empty one is not available, it will attempt to aquire one by killing and eating a snail or trying to pull another hermit out of its shell.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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I had some shells from couple years ago when we went it he beach, so I boiled them and then added them. One of my LFS also sells hermit shells of various size/colors for 8 for $5. You'll need various sizes though. I have a hermit who went into a shell that I thought was waaayyy too big for him, but he grew into it quickly. Now he's at least twice as big as he was just a month ago.
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Yikes- hermit has just molted and is in that lethargic post-molting self preserving phase. I've read that this is the time he may "acquire" a new shell. Hopefully not before the weekend when I can get to LFS or I suspect one of my snails will be a goner! :-(
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If he molted and doesn't fit his shell any longer, he's probably not gonna wait till the weekend for a shell. He's too vulnerable without a shell, and I don't think he knows you'll buy him a new one this weekend. JK. Lol
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Arrghh! He is in his usual shell but is currently sitting on top of a conch snail- who is in a slightly bigger shell..... Am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he is just cleaning his shell and not sizing it up as his new home. :-(
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Arrghh! He is in his usual shell but is currently sitting on top of a conch snail- who is in a slightly bigger shell..... Am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he is just cleaning his shell and not sizing it up as his new home. :-(
Hopefully that's the case.
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Wow 8 for $5. My LFS sells them 10 for $1
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