hermit crabs

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  1. ianP

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    Hey guys.was just wondering if the local hermit crabs you get off durban are reef safe?thanks
     
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    I always got the hermit crabs with the blue legs
     
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    Do they touch your coral?
     
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    My Blue leg hermits crawl all over my coral, don't think they do damage.
     
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    No they do eat alot but never saw them damage anything . at one time i hade 80 hermit crabs in my tank my wrasse ate all of them but he never touched the ones with blue legs .
     
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    What wrasse do u have?
     
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    Nobody really can tell me what wrasse he or she is but i have hade it since 2007
     
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    Can u post a pic?
     
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    The Yellow Tip Hermits are reef safe. They stay small and do wonders in your tank. I had 98 local hermits in my tank on last count. Just get your permit.
     
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    98?lol that's a lot!.what size tank?....I already have my permits.I like to stay infront of the bars,not behind them!
     
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    display 750L. sump had another 8 hermits, plus the remote dsb and another connected 220L had about 5 to 10 each.

    But mine are mostly very small specimens. The yellow tips do not grow that big.

    Even the Blue eyed hermits, with left claw white and bigger are OK, when small. When grown, they go up to about 30mm and tend to knock things down more than the yellow tips.
     
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    Where have you collected?
     
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    @nakoma.is it local?
     
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    No it is not local . It was bought while i was gone , when i came back it was swimming in my tank as a surprise bought at a petshop nobody remembering where cause my family stops at every petshop you can find
     
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    Lol.he/she is a beaut!...something different!
     
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    Whenever I do go down to the coast I bring a lot up. Before the wording on the permits changed, and now it does not allow me to "donate" I used to give a lot away. I prefer the yellow tip hermits. OK, they are not as beautiful or colourful compared to some of the imported hermits. But I know they stay relatively small and they are reef safe. Almost all I got now are medium to really small in size.
     
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    Can they be kept together with my cleaner and blood shrimp?
     
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    Where can In apply for one @RiaanP, going down to Umdloti and want to pick up some hermit shells and maybe some yellow tips.
     
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    Hi guys,

    How many hermits and snails would I need to add to my 500lt system. Id like to go get some this coming weekend, could you pehaps post a pic of one of the yellow legged hermits for ID purposes, also some local snails that are reef safe.

    For info purposes, Osmans in Durban have snail shells of different sizes so if they do need to change homes as they get larger we can just get a few slightly bigger shells and add them in.
     
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