Hermit Crab eating snails

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  1. SaltyReef

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    Hi All,

    The Good News is that I have finally gotten to the point at which all the cool little critters are going into the tank.

    I have had one loss. it was a Turbo Snail that was eaten by one of my hermit crabs.

    The hermit is quite large, about the size of a golf ball with its shell. brownish red and Hairy with tiny blue speckles. not sure what species it is but do you think it is likely that the hermit killed the snail or that the snail died of natural causes as my water quality tests perfect across the board?
     
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    This is quite possible, SaltyReef. The hermit crabs quite often kill snails for their shells.
     
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    Dardanus megistos is the Latin Name for this White Spotted Red Legged Mauritian little Beast. Apparantly they get huge. Like 8 inches huge.

    I think I will bannish him to the Sump.
     
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    SaltyReef - I had 2 of these crabs - mine got bigger than my hand. And at some stage they started eating my corals......

    So - yes - they are NOT reef safe! I LOVED them to bits though. They were like naughty kids in my tank..... Looked at me like a naughty kid will look at one.... ;)

    I too got rid of them asap..... Never again.
     
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