hermit reef safe?

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  1. cswhitehead

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    howzit i collected a few hermits this past weekend was wondering what kind of hermit it is and if it will be ok/safe to keep in my dt. im a bit nervous because of the size of that pincer.

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    Looks like a leftie, he might be a nuisance
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    why what will he do?
     
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    the only reef safe varieties are the ones with the small pincers. the one you have is a predator. the moment he doesnt get enough food he will go on the prowl for your fishes. look at his pinchers he doesnt have flat tipped ones for gripping and tearing algea off rocks but pincers for tearing flesh
     
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    lol ok thanks. only have one fish have cyno problems at the moment so got the crabs as i dont have a clean up crew so thought it was maybe the uneaten food that settled on the bottom causing the problems?
     
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    That is a Blue Eyed Hermit. Maximum size is 30mm. Biggest problem I ever got from them is they knock stuff down. I have plenty.

    If the size is a possible problem, then look around for the Yellow Tip. Max size 20mm. Body dark green black, thin pincher, and yellow feet. The Blue Eyes looks nicer.
     
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    Will never put a local hermit in my tank again. Chowed my zoas. They are great for cleaning the sump though.
     
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    I have a few of those and other hermits in both my large DT as well as my frag tank, and I must honestly say I haven't seen them eat any of my zoa's or other softies.
     
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    Yip also had some of these guys, but them and the urchins are notorius for knocking corals over!!
     
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    thanks for the info guys. i don't have many corals so not much for them to knock over so they can stay in my dt.
     
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