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Old 05-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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hermit crabs

I need help. I started my salt water 55 gallon tank a few weeks ago. Something is eating my hermit crabs leaving only the head and claws. Is it possible they are eating each other?
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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What livestock do you currently have in your tank?
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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2 clown fish, snails, hermit crabs, but then in the live rock I bought I now have asterina sea stars, and in three holes what looks like maybe small somethings with tan legs. The come out at night. I caught one. Smaller than my finger nail, legs and all.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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I just found a picture and I think I have 3 brittle stars that are hiding in holes in my live rock. Are they coming out at night and eating my hermit crabs? Should I get them out of my tank?
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:40 AM   #5
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I think you have hermit crabs molting. Are you noticing any more empty shells than usual?
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:41 AM   #6
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In fact I’m almost positive
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sounds like moulting to me.
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Hermits will kill each other for shells. It is rather disturbing to watch when there is shells all over the tank they could pick up and try out. I have seen a hermit kill a snail to try on its shell that was to big for it. It could only back up so, it backed up in a circle just to crawl back into its old shell.

Hopefully yours is just molting.
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those things with the tan legs are probably mini brittle starfish. they are ok. no need to catch them. i agree that hermits will kill each other and snails for their shells. i once had a hermit kill 3 snails in one day, swapped shells 3 times.
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nitrates will kill hermits too. What are your nitrates?
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