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Old 09-22-2009, 09:42 PM   #31
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Keep some extra shells in there for the hermits, even with them, they still may go for the snails shells when they feel it is time they need a new/bigger one. Might want to add more snails seeing as they do a better job than hermits IMO.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:50 PM   #32
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I bought a bag of like 500 little shells for the hermits that I am going to rinse out with hot water and scatter them through out the tank. Also, I thought that the hermits served a different purpose then the snails?
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Err.. 500 is a quite large amount lol. Also, you do know that like everything else, hermit crabs grow right? Once all of the hermits outgrow the size of all the shells you just put in the tank, then what? You will have hermits that want new shells.. and none of those shells will fit them. Then the battle between snails and hermits begin. lol.

Also, hermits and snails do the same thing. Hermits eat detritus, algae, etc.. and snails eat the same thing. Both are part of clean up crews for those reasons.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:47 AM   #34
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Hermits and snails pretty much do the same thing, however the snails just do it better as thominil stated. Emeralds also do an awesome job as well.
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I love emerald crabs lol. They're so freakin fun to watch. When you come up to the glass they get all bugged out and scatter back in to the rocks. Haha.. i love those things. But yeah, i would definitely agree that snails do a better clean up job. Right now i only have astreas, and they are really doing a fabulous job. Believe it or not, they have been able to keep the algae on my front glass panel down considerably. Get a cleaner shrimp. They're awesome.
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Err.. 500 is a quite large amount lol. Also, you do know that like everything else, hermit crabs grow right? Once all of the hermits outgrow the size of all the shells you just put in the tank, then what? You will have hermits that want new shells.. and none of those shells will fit them. Then the battle between snails and hermits begin. lol.

Also, hermits and snails do the same thing. Hermits eat detritus, algae, etc.. and snails eat the same thing. Both are part of clean up crews for those reasons.
I was told that these hermit crabs I bough were going to stay little, they would get a little larger, but not much. Is that not true?
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I don't have hermit crabs.. so i don't, from experience, know. But what kind of hermit crabs are they? I can do a little research and find out, for both yours and my knowledge.

Also, if the shells you obtained are a good size to fit a fully grown hermit, then you wouldn't have a problem. But you really never know. I was just stating that 500 is a little overkill don't you think? Having more shells in your tank, won't stop the hermit from going after a snails shell if it feels like it. That's all im trying to say. For all any of us know.. they may never touch your snails, and will stick to the ones you threw in there. But only time will tell eh?
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I like the extra shells because it's so much fun watching the hermits change shells, then switch to another because there are so many shells for them to choose from. Like a kid in a candy store!!!
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Okay, so I added in the 6 catseye snails, and a dozen mini hermits. I also have a foxface fish, clown fish, arrow crab, brittle star fish and a maroon and gold clown fish. I went away for 4 days and I returned today to find that everything in the tank is covered in brown hair algae. Should I add more clean up crew? I have the lights on timer putting half on for 12 hours, and the other half for 6 hours, which overlaps the second half of the first set of lights. Should I cut back on lights or more clean up crew? Even the coral bottom is brown now.
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Cut back the lighting to 8-10 hours total in my opinion. I'm lazy sometimes and didn't read your earlier posts, but all new tanks get diatoms. Look that up.
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