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Old 07-12-2004, 10:24 PM   #1
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3 Dead scarlet hermit crabs

So far since I got my scarlet hermit crabs I have found 3 dead. Could my dwarf red tip hermits be killing them? or is it somthing else? Im begining to suspect I may have a mantis but not sure. So far I have lost a 3 spot domino damsil and 3 scarlet hermit crabs.
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Old 07-13-2004, 02:14 PM   #2
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could be a sign of one for sure !! how big was the 3 spot ??
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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quick question....did you just see the shells or the "bodies" of the hermits?

could have been a molt maybe?
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Old 07-13-2004, 09:57 PM   #4
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I bought 6 scarlets about a month ago, and within a week 3 of them were dead. They were torn limb from limb and I seen the bodies laying on the sand. There has always been a clicking noise from my tank and about a week ago...there it was...yep a MANTIS.

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Old 07-14-2004, 05:14 PM   #5
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I just recently learned that hermits molt. A few days ago, I thought my CBS had taken another victim when I saw him holding a small red particle which looked like a scarlet hermit. The shell that the scarlet was in looked empty for a few hours... so I assumed that the CBS had eaten him. Hours later, the hermit appeared! Guess the CBS was just eating the molt.
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Old 07-14-2004, 06:24 PM   #6
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Yeah, my scarlets molt and switch shells all the time.
I never know which shell I'll find them in when I wake up in the morning.
Marine hermits are very fickle creatures.
They're funny that way.
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:20 PM   #7
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I saw the bodies and I saw some leggs
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:43 PM   #8
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did ya find the mantis??
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:26 PM   #9
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nope
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(2) 54 watt
(2) 36 watt
Water General RO+DI
(4) Homade Moonlights LED 470nm
87# Live Rock Gulf, Keys, Bali
80# Crushed Coral with Aragonite
(2) Percula Clownfish
(1) 3 Spot Domino Damselfish
(2) Yellowtail Damselfish
(2) Sargent Major Damselfish
(1) Choclate Chip Starfish
(3) Brittle Stars
Lots of Snails and Hermit Crabs (Not Identified)
(5) Crab (Not Identified)
(2) Black Urchin
(10) Dwarf Red tipped Hermit crabs
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