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Old 01-03-2014, 04:39 PM   #21
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I have many many hermits, some as big as 5 inches, they will however eat a dying or dead critter. Hermits will not attack a healthy starfish and kill it. Been doing this a few years and have had a few starfish and none ever died to the claws of a hermit. LOL

Oh, and where would I "look it up"? I have read extensively about everything salt water and have never ever seen that scenario.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:50 PM   #22
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Regarding starfish and exposure to air...I know Linkias can not have exposure... That is why so many die. I've read that brittles are not as sensitive, but still should not have exposure. Just to be safe , I would shoot for avoiding exposure. Can't lose that way .
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:22 PM   #23
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I have many many hermits, some as big as 5 inches, they will however eat a dying or dead critter. Hermits will not attack a healthy starfish and kill it. Been doing this a few years and have had a few starfish and none ever died to the claws of a hermit. LOL

Oh, and where would I "look it up"? I have read extensively about everything salt water and have never ever seen that scenario.
There's been a saltwater tank in my house since I was at least 5. I'm now 22. And we have had hermits kill starfish and when I was getting a clean up crew for my 120 gallon tank I searched the internet to see which ones were safe and it specifically mentioned ones that could not go with starfish. Dwarfs like blue legs are the only ones that are supposed to be safe

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Maybe it was a coincidence but since that I've stayed away from big hermits. The pet store even told us when we took it back that yea they weren't reef safe and would kill starfish and snails and such

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Old 01-04-2014, 01:29 AM   #25
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my dwarf hermitss attacked and killed a watchman goby. and some snails. as i once read. "they are crabs. crabs are oppurtunists and will kill if given a window." any "crab" is lethal. justgive them a chance
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Certain stars can be on their way out before we realize it and the hermits are just finishing it off. Maybe the giant ones will kill one if they are starving but it is unlikely. Did you watch the hermits kill the watchman. I doubt a healthy watchman would fall prey to hermit crabs.
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Certain stars can be on their way out before we realize it and the hermits are just finishing it off. Maybe the giant ones will kill one if they are starving but it is unlikely. Did you watch the hermits kill the watchman. I doubt a healthy watchman would fall prey to hermit crabs.
The Water Was Really Cluody Because Something Happened. ThereWere Three On him. i Think They Caught Him Off Guard
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I have at least 30 hermits in my biocube and some are over an inch or even bigger AND I have two small clown gobies which are half the size of the hermits and they have all been happy together for years.

If hermits did indeed eat fish and starfish no one would keep them in their tanks. ;lol

I think the situations just presented themselves as the hermits eating healthy fish. believe me when I lose a fish I always always see the clean up crew doing their jobs and "cleaning" up the dead fish. If I lose sight of a fish and suspect its passed all I have to do is look for a mound of hermits and snails to be certain and to locate the missing fish.
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Would it be okay to add a firefish to this stock

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Also a sandsifting goby

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