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Old 08-14-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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Hermits fighting or mating?

I have several thin-legged hermits in my tank. The medium one has been here 3 years and other 3 were added last month.

Today I saw the large one and the medium one fighting. When I looked closer the large one was not trying pinch the smaller one but trying to move his/her legs from what I could tell. Are they fighting/establishing dominance or is this a mating behavior?
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Most likely they are fighting for the others bigger shell. Need to put some empty shells in the tank to help alleviate fighting for them.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion melosu58. I have a couple larger shells in the tank but it appeared the larger one was the aggressor..
I did some research and some think they only breed in the spring and it takes an increase in water temp to trigger it.
Maybe they were both after a scrap of food I could not see?
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they are predators. i am betting on "killing each other".
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That very well could be. They seam fine with each other today.
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