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Old 09-05-2008, 09:27 AM   #1
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Hermit or not to Hermit?

Does anyone have issues with their hermit crabs killing their snails?

Will the hermits dmg corals?
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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Other than the 'Scarlet Red/Reef' hermits I don't care for them. All hermits are opportunistic and may pick at snails or coral, but I have to give them credit, they sure are fun to watch.
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I agree with Innovator, I prefer to have the scarlet hermits in my tank as well though I do have a few blue legs too. They can and will kill snails.
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ok so if i were to get hermits the safest ones would be the Scarlet Red/Reef?

Im probably going to get 3 red ones
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I'm browsing at cleanup crew sites and the packages they have for a 75g looks like a lot of creatures.

Do I really need to have that many? And is it even a good idea to add all of it at once?

ex1)
20 Nassarius Snails
15 Nerite Snails
15 Cerith Snails
20 Dwarf White Leg Hermits
15 Blue Leg Hermits
2 Scarlet Reef Hermits
1 Green Emerald Crab
1 Serpent or Brittle Starfish

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20 - Blue Legged Hermits
7 - Astrea Snails
5 - Margarita Snails
5 - Cerith Snails
1 - Emerald Crab

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75 gallon
25 scarlet herm
35 blue leg herm
35 turbo astrea snail
2 cucumber
2 emerald crab
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Most sites allow you to "mix n' match" so you can purchase inverts you deem more important. How long has your tank been set up?
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:22 PM   #7
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Only about three weeks,

its cycling now. Im at the part where the ammonia drops to 0 and the nitrite is spiking.

But I wanted to research ahead of time before the cycle is done.

So I really need like 75-100 clean up crews?
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Example 1 would be your best bet with some minor changes, but if you are a beginner I would recommend learning about how to maintain water parameters hands-on rather than throwing in a clean-up crew that may not even help the first onslought of algae not to mention you probably won't have enough detritus, mulm, and other mucks in order to satisfy a large introduction of invertebrates.
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I totally agree. At the peek of your reef when you are at a full bioload and you have had it established for a year or more is when you want to look at having that 75-100 critters in your clean up crew. The clean up crew is like anything else it should be added slowly.

I agree with Innovator about learning how to maintain the water params, very good advice. The clean up crew is there to keep things, well, clean.
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Ok thanks!

So basically its like my final fish list. I make a final cleanup crew list and slowly add them as i need them.
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