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Old 12-02-2006, 05:48 PM   #1
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Cilbanarius tricolor

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Could anyone tell me whether dwarf blue legged hermit crabs (Cilbanarius tricolor) are fully aquatic, or if they are semi-aquatic?
Also, what S.G. are they best kept at?

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Old 12-02-2006, 05:56 PM   #2
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Here is a little bit about dwarf blue legged hermit crabs from liveaquaria.com
Do you mean can they live on land as well as in the water?
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Old 12-02-2006, 06:01 PM   #3
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Wow, quick reply! Thanks!
Useful info from that site, thanks for posting the link (I got the S.G. noted down now).
Yep, my question really is: are these crabs ok to live fully submerged, or will they need a shelf/ledge to get out of the water for air like semi-aquatic crabs do?
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I imagine some hermits can live in both, you can see them at the beach, but I can't recall which ones. Basically, the ones from that site are meant for underwater.
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I have the blue legged ones and they stay in the water all the time.
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info! I have one more question: how low can the S.G. go for blue legged hermits? I.e. can they adjust to lower levels of salinity if acclimatised?
I know inverts are particularly sensitive (or stubborn, however you look at it!) when it comes to salinity.
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I keep my 55G FOWLR at 1.020. I don't know that I would go any lower. What level are you thinking?
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Uh-oh, I knew it would be higher than I was planning. I was aiming for brackish rather than marine, so I'll be having a rethink!
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You may want to check in the brackish section. I'm sure there are some folks that will be able to help.....
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Thanks. The tank I'll be running will start off brackish, and then will gradually be upped from that to high end brackish and eventually to low end marine. But, it seems I'm best waiting on adding these guys until the end if I decide to go with them
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