Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-11-2007, 09:14 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: North Beach , Maryland
Posts: 20
Send a message via Yahoo to laurandavid
hermit crabs, good or bad

Ok from what I read the hermits do have some use , however it looks like they will eat snails in the aquarium if I have them also. It also looks like this is unavoidable even if I have empty shells available.

Is this correct? So my question is , why do most of the cleaner packs have hermits? Do I need them? What about the dwarf varieties?
__________________

__________________
55 gallon sw fowlr

10 gallon fw , housing my 6 year old red cap oranda, LUMPY!!
laurandavid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
The dwarf hermits...Mexican Red Legs, Blue Legs, Scarlets, etc are reef safe. I have lots and they do not bother any of my snails. They will, however, pounce on a dead or dying snail. That's why they are part of a clean up crew.
__________________

__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 11:15 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,544
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
Hermits are really great scavengers like cccapt said, but they do like bigger homes (as they grow) and do sometime take a snail down. If you want a few, then by all means get a few. You can try providing extra shells and it might work. If it doesn't then you'll just have to replace a few snails, and in my experience, the snail eating only happens for a while. The dwarf hermits will stop growing and not need a bigger shell.
__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
I have had no trouble with my reef hermits. I have mostly scarlet hermtis. As Lindsay said, providing a few extra shells of various sizes is a good thing. It will keep the hermits from stealing a shell and evicting the current resident.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
crab, crabs, hermit, hermit crab, hermit crabs

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hermit crabs, good/bad DeathWarp Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 02-16-2006 05:42 PM
Are hermit crabs good to have?? rdefino Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 12-08-2005 09:18 PM
Scarlet Hermit Crabs Vs. Blue Leg Hermit Crabs badfish Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 14 04-11-2005 10:42 AM
Puffer=good or bad? Elephant nose= good or bad? freshwatergal Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 12-12-2003 02:27 AM
hermit crabs jester Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 10 10-24-2003 12:41 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.