Thanks again to everyone that chimed in on my earlier post. I wound up acclimating the little guys (by happenstance) as Billy Z described here:http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=42617
The Good news: These were the first hermits I've gotten, and by the time I had dumped them in, went to the kitchen to throw away the bag, and returned, one had already moved into a new shell (one mixed in with the cc
). Very fun!
Bad news: LITTERALLY, as I was dumping the snails in -- and I mean, I hadn't even gotten the last one out of the bag -- that little F-ing mantis came along and dragged one under a rock, right before my eyes. This weekend, I'm going after the bugger with a vengence. I've already gotten rid of one a few months ago that was quite aggresive and found the bait in the trap too tempting. THIS one, though, has been very "quiet" -- little or no tapping, and I rarely see him. Well, until there is fresh meat to be had, I suppose.
Unfortunately, going after him means tearing apart all of the rocks (100# in 55 gal
tank) since my 'scaping is pretty tall. Oh well.
Any advice on going after him would be very much appreciated. Thanks.