hermit crab

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the guys at the coast get them for free :)

but i would assume about R50 bucks, havent bought any yet...
 

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I would like to hi-jack the thread a bit.

I read that I need to provide bigger shells for hermit to grow into.

Mine is about 1.5cm shell currently, but I see he is getting to big for his shell.

Can I use a shell I picked up off beach, or do they need specific shells?
 

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i think u can use them, only if allowed to be collected by law, or one can buy shells, lets see what the pros say... would like to know myself
 

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The coastel ones are really ugly, especially the bigger ones. None the less I have 6 small ones in my Reef and they do there job. I don't provide bigger shells since it gives them room to grow... which eventually will cause them to eat something i don't want them to. *Reminds me of my 10cm Hermit Crab Crusty... NEVER AGAIN*
 

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As long as the shell more or less looks like the old one and is obviously a bit bigger it should be fine. Just clean the shells you wanna use with a surrenge or turkey baster with tank water on the inside. He might take it or he might not...
 

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OK, my hermit crab took his new shell last night. Found him this morning taking it for a spin around the tank. :slayer:


Time will tell if he likes and will keep. Not going to offer him any bigger shells, as I don't want him to get too big.

Have three shells of similar size in tank, he can change his wardrobe as often as he likes. :p
 

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Are they covered in anything? I saw hermits today going for around R80-00 each!
 

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I would like to hi-jack the thread a bit.

I read that I need to provide bigger shells for hermit to grow into.

Mine is about 1.5cm shell currently, but I see he is getting to big for his shell.

Can I use a shell I picked up off beach, or do they need specific shells?
Hi Peanut - there are some types of shells which you can indeed pick up. The periwinckle type shells are favoured by hermit crabs - as the shells are very smooth on the inside, and their bodies usually fits nicely into this shell type....

BUT - I don't think that you require a permit to collect shells from the beach. BUT - if you want to collect live periwinckles, you will need to have an invertebrate collecting permit - which you can get from the local post office.... It's the same form as the fishing and SCUBA diving permit - and each "option" (tick) you select, costs you +-R70 (some options are more, others costs less)....
 

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between R50- R80- for the Blue / red hermits

Dont buy them if they more than R80 bucks, im sure some kind reefer will be able to help you out with a few local hermits
 

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