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Old 09-13-2005, 02:40 AM   #1
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how to stop my hermits from eating my coralline?

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I finally got a box of live rock in my new 77gal SW tank. Some of it was covered with nice purple and red coralline algae ( im assuming from what I read here).

My problem is my blue legged hermits are eating the red algae with a gusto and leaving it bone white. Is there a way to stop this? I didnt want to overfeed and throw my water out of whack. I only have 4-6 in there right now as Im going to start slowly populating it in a few weeks.

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IME, I've never seen hermit crabs eat Coraline Algae. It might be that you're experiencing some die-off of Coraline and your crabs are just on top of the rock looking for food among the Coraline. If this is the case, it's common to have Coraline diminish a bit from newly cured rock.
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I'd also opt for the scarlet reef or red tip hermits. Seems as though the blues are a lot more agressive anyway. I agree with Brodie on your coraline disappearing.
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Perhaps I've misidentfied my red "stuff", I'd roughly compare it to lichens(solid no "arms") you would see on land rock. The only reason I asked is I see most (3)of the crabs on it the vast majority of the day...perhaps a 4"x3" area.


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I am sure they are just hunting for food. LR comes with all sorts of little things on it that they scavege for.
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While blue legs are more aggressive they do not strip and eat corraline, the Red legs do.
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Also you will probably see some coraline die-off. Just a little while out of water will cause coraline to turn white. Crabs pick on the lr all the time. It may look like there eating it, but they are not.
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they do not strip and eat corraline, the Red legs do.
Wow. I'd like to see some info on that. You talking the scarlet reef - or red tip - or red leg ---- or are they all the same?
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Thanks folks 8)

I was worried about the few "nice" pieces of LR I had lol. I just noticed a spare shrimp came along with it and some little feather dusters.Im hooked
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Make sure the spare little feather dusters are feather dusters and not aptasia.
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