Dardanus Megistos Warning.

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  1. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    This is one hermit not to buy. They do come is at times and are available, especially Kenyan shipments. But do not buy them unless you got a dedicated place for them.

    Here is mine, still a baby
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    A very nice pic posted by Schaun88
    Dardanus megistos - Marine Aquariums South Africa
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    Here is an example of what they can grow up to
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    Why The Face?!?!

    Thanks for the warning. Them critters real cute as young'ns.
     
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    Holy crap, that is huge. Mine is about 7cm wide already. And the strength of him is just out of this world, he can turn rocks 4 - 5 times his size.
     
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    Does he turn green just before he shifts mountains in your tank?
     
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    Riaan, have you got space for him? He cleans my substrate by turning it quite often. Do they post a problem for fish or corals?
     
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    Hahahaha, and puts on some purple shorts.
     
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    eventually yes.

    You need to keep it well fed so they will leave other things alone. But that is in itself a problem, because then they grow.

    And the other issue is that they only know if they can fit into another shell, once they killed and removed whatever is (was) in the other shell. So it is better to have enough big shells laying around. But that again also promotes its growth rate. So it is a catch 22 position.

    And yes, they are strong, without turning green.
     
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    That was one my first additions when I started out in marines he grew fast ,killed fish after lights out and even eating away at live rock well that what it look like cool crab but will never get one again.
     
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    Thanks for the warning RiaanP. I need to have a look at my tank now because I think I might have one.
     
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    Quite common locally too. I wouldn't put them into anything but a species tank.
     
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    Thats a friggen huge hermit!
     
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    check how much he grown over 4 months!!!

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    That is a Jeager heater in the background
     
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