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Old 04-13-2005, 10:35 AM   #11
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Very often it's not the hermit crabs killing the snails, but cleaning up the dead bodies of the snails from elevated nitrates or another reason.

My blue legged and scarlet hermits live happily with my astrea and nassarius snails. I've really not lost many, but I have a bunch of extra shells.
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Old 04-13-2005, 05:40 PM   #12
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Very often it's not the hermit crabs killing the snails, but cleaning up the dead bodies
I would have to disagree w/ saying "very often". IMO/IME, at best, it's a 50/50 shot that the snail was actually dead/dieing before the hermit got it. I still have all 3 of the banded trochus snails I had left when I pulled the hermits from my sytem about 4-5 months after getting into the hobby. I'm not a fan of hermit crabs incase you couldn't tell lol- replacing/finding decorative snails is a PITA...
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