Hermit crab behaviour?

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    Guys my hermit has been burrying himself in the substrate lately... This normal or an indication of problems?
     
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    What type of hermit is it? do you have rocks or hiding places in the tank? how deep is your substrate?
     
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    Jip,7kgs of liverock and subrate about 1cm deep. He is a scarlet hermit as far as i know. He only covers his shell though. Tank mates are 3 other blue legged hermits and a clown.
     
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    A pic would help but has he recently shed? (i.e. moulted his old exoskeleton?)
     
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    Unfortunately i can't post pics, i'm browsing on my phone. He shed about 2 months ago. Haven't seen another exo again. He isn't rectracted into the shell though,so it doesn't seem as though he is unhappy.
     
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    He may have found a few snacks there, an established sand bed will have plenty to eat, as long as he is moving about and seems ok, then leave him.
     
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    Shot tnx mike!
     
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    or it could be that the hermit has over grown his shell and cant go into his shell
     

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