Are hermits more trouble than they are worth?

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  1. Bendor

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    Hi everyone. I'm about to add a clean up crew to a new tank. Some of what I have read suggests hermits are more trouble than they are worth. Knock over corals, don't eat what you want them to eat, attack each other and can kill snails for their shells and sometimes even hurt corals directly. I have read this regarding the "good" hermits. Blue and red dwarf etc.

    It appears that dallasg and RiaanP appear to love them.

    I want to get turbo snails and a skunk cleaner shrimp.

    Should I abandon the hermits? They look great but I want as little disharmony as possible.

    Thanks in advance for any help. :thumbup:
     
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  3. Rossi

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    I have had hermits, turbo snails and cleaner shrimps together no problems. I like the hermits add nice diversity
     
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    I only had issues with blue leg hermits. They do tend to fight with other red leg hermits.
    Right now I have 3 red leg hermits, no issues they live in perfect harmony!
     
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    O and they are fun to watch!
     
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    Agree on the blue leg hermits, I had a bugger that chowed down 4-5 of my 90buck a pop mexican turbo's. They are great characters to add and perform a good service, maybe stick to the red legged and the yellow and black that you get along the south coast...
     
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    My big blue leg was called Rambo, and he did his name justice!
     
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    Halloween hermits also nice additions
     
  9. Bendor

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I'll look for some red ones.
     
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    I hate hermits. They constantly knock frags over and walk over everything. I will never have another hermit.
     
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    I have tons of hermits, from the blue legged ones (biggest being about 5cm across) to the local yellow banded ones and also my favourites, two Halloween ones (p.s. does any one have empty cone snail shells that I can get?:blush:).
    They are excellent clean up crews.
     
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    I agree, we have about 8 hermits in our cube and they are always cleaning stuff. i got a new frag from a mate and it had all sorts of greenies growing....next morning, i would have eaten off it :) Love these little guys
     
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    i prefer to use emerald crabs. they have finesse and are great to watch working around the tank. i have two emeralds and will buy some more when they are available in lfses. they are gentle with corals . have a look on u tube or similar for clips on emeralds and you will also be addicted.
     
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    i have about 20 in my 4ft, no issues with them at all, i dont keep the local ones, i have blue legs and halloweens, but if you keep a mixture of shrimps/crabs etc can go less

    my new tank will have 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 emerald crab, 2 hermits, 1 serpent star per foot as a minimum
     
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    RSM 250, 3 foot. That's a lot of critters. Need to start looking (and saving).
     
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    the little red leg mexicans with black shells are cool
     
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    I got loads of hermits. Last count 98 in my display. Some moved out now to my sump and remote tanks.

    mostly Yellow tip hermits. Being local and they do not grow that big either. The Blue eyed hermits grow a bit bigger, but are more beautiful. I prefer the smaller yellow tips.

    Just have enough empty shells laying around and they will not fight each other or kill your snails.
     
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    I think that is key... I don't think they try to eat the snails for food. It's about getting a bigger house!
     
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    Snails will fall victim, or so it would seems to be. What happens especially with Nerita snails when they fall off the glass, is that they always end up upside down. And they can not help themselves up. In the ocean they just wait for the next wave. They eventually die and then the hermits will eat them out.

    So if you see a snail upside down, help him immediately.
     
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    I've found that snails do sometimes fall victim to hermits, especially if the snails are larger than the hermits and the little hermits want a new home.
    I'm keeping 2 dwarf yellow tip in my nano and haven't had any problems from them; they do a great job at keeping the excess food at bay :)
    Although, when rushing towards food they have a tendency to 'upset' coral as they brush past.
    I do enjoy them though :)
     
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    With hermits that I have used I would go with small yellow claw variety as they will eat cyano and if you do not provide larger sized shells they can not up grade and become predators and push over live rock.

    Small hermits small problems, big hermits big problems!
     
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