What is this hermit doing? Is he eating my coral or just cleaning up ?
The pincushion is healthy and has full extension as per normal. When hermit decided to climb the pincushion then everything retracted.Your coral isn't pinned.
But hermitcrab almost had the coral on Three Count!
As far as size/mass goes, your hermit is LARGE with respect to your coral, so it tilts alot more downward.
If you had normal, polyp extension within 12h of that pic( i suspect minutes before it was open), assume the coral is HEALTHY.
The TISSUE IRRITATION due to hermit clambering over it, no doubt shut it 's polypary down..well for the pic anyway.
Healthy coral, do retain some mucus, and debris ..BOTH suitable EASY foods for your grazer to chill, and snack on.
oliceman:OK, I think my pincushion is sick. With lights out the hermit is back and now he really looks like he is nibbling away.
Should I put the hermit or the coral in the sump
OK the counts in the hermit joins his buddies in the sumpoliceman:
Sump Dump the Chump!
Soft coral, and LPS,deflated, stressed out or diseased have NO real chance of rapid recovery if bothered like that.
No harm will come to hermit:blushing:
He is local, I got him and two other mates with the tank and he is the middle sided unit.I'm just curious, that hermit definitely looks identical to the local ones we have on our KZN coastline. Where did you get him from?