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Old 04-10-2005, 05:28 PM   #1
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Which crab is a better reef cleaner

Blue legged or Scarlet legged hermits?
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:34 PM   #2
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Don't qoute me word for word here but I am pretty sure blue legs are reef safe and scarlets aren't. Blue legged hermits tend to find a lot but are reef safe.
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blue legs are not reef friendly so that made my decision for me. Besides that I have never heard any comparisons between the two.
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:37 PM   #4
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We posted at the same time. With opposite advice. I hope someone else will come in as the tie breaker. The scarlet crabs are normally called scarlet reef hermits.
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40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
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bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:27 PM   #5
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According to www.saltwaterfish.com both are reef safe and are voracious algae eaters. The blue's tend to be cheaper looking around on the web.
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:36 PM   #6
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both are reef safe. blues stay fairly small. true scarlet's can get to be about an inch, so the only concern there is making sure you have spare shells large enough for them, so they don't evict a snail (typical if the snail gets over-turned)
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:18 PM   #7
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Like malkore says.... both reef safe... scarlets do get big so i got empty shells from the craft store and put them in the tank to keep them happy.
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