Hermit Feeding ?

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  1. neo

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    Hi,
    I want to know what/how to feed my hermits.
    Bought 3 hermits this week-end, also got some food - small pellets.
    this is the first live stock i'v put in my tank so there isn't much feeding and wasting going on at this point.
    The pellets only float on hte water surface, not sinking to below for the hermits to get hold of.
    So what does hermits eat and what can i give them.
     
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    Hi Neo - normally hermits feed on algae, detritus, and any old food that's left in the tank after feeding. Usually you do not need to feed your hermits explicitly.
     
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    On a new tank like yours, with no other lifestock. You can try a small piece of nori. on a wedgie clip. Just position it at the bottom, so the hermits can reach it.
    Or you can give a small piece of raw fish to them. They should go crazy for it. And check your skimmer reaction on the fish. Will be amazed how many extra bubbles are suddenly produced.
    Do this max, twice a week. Just be carefull that you do not push your phosphates too high because you give too mush fish. Nori should be ok.

    I got a lot of hermits, and once a week I do feed them extra stint or hake. I doubt if I have enough detritus or old food settling in the bottom to keep them sustained.
     
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    thx.
    where do i get nori? - this sounds like the easiest option for now.
     
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    Pick 'n Pay
    Woolworths
    Or LFS.

    But first 2 are cheaper.
    It is that green stuff that the Japanese roll around their Sushi rolls.

    If you cannot find any, take wife out to sea food restaurant and safe the "wrappings" :)
    (You can score some points with wife for the unexpected dinner out - but she might be upset if she realize what your plan of action was - and it is not centered around her!...)
     
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