Hermit stay hidden in shell

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  1. charlv

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    Hi all

    Got a blue leg hermit today but stay hidden in it shell. Can anybody tell me why and if it is good or bad:(. In the tank now for 4hours or do they take some time to addapt.

    Thanks in advanced
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    he they can take a while, did u acclimate him long enuff?
    also make sure this shell is turned the right way, u can also move him in a shaded area and see from there
     
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    hi dallasg

    Yes i did acclimate him and the opening of shell face down.
     
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    cool, give him a while more, also try placing him in a shaded area
     
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    Thanks dallasg how long do the normaly take sorry first one so i don't know:p
     
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    chuck a small piece of hake infront of him. He should go mad for it!
     
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    all depends, some hide some dont, just keep and eye on him, u can offer food like sentari mentioned
     
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    thanks for the help guys will try that the little bugger:)
     
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    Hi guys

    Still no movement on the hermit do you think he's okay or must i leave him till tomorrow.
     
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    when i got my first he raced around and climbed around like there was no tomorrow. Now he picked a spot and never moves. Somtimes he comes out other times he just stays in, 3 days now. I know they shed there skin so maybe they slow down when that is about to happen.
     
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    any news?
     
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    I Have Blue Leg Hermit Crab, It Only Likesto Move Around At Night, Never During The Day, Maybe Yours Is The Same
     
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    what do they feed on mainly,these blue legged crabs?
     
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    they are mainly scavangers maj and dont really need to be fed anything specific. They do love to get a claw or two into an open mussel shell or some hake if they can though :)
     
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    il treat them with some hake then

    the thing is,they are the only inhabitants in my tank at the moment as im in my last stages of cycling

    so what do they scavenge on?
     
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    you sure there is a hermit in the shell?
     
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    maj if they are the only inmates obviously nothing to scavange on. as crispin said try an open mussel (pick and pay sells them), or a small piece of hake
     
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    im goin grocery shopping tonite,what mussels do i buy?does it say open mussels on the can?then i just drop them in the tank?ie 1 peice of mussel and split it up?
     
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    i think u buy them frozen in a bag?
     
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    No maj, not the canned ones...the frozen ones in the bag (1/2 shell mussels) as johnathan said...or look for marinara mix
     
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