Our local Hermits

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  1. Mrabkin

    Mrabkin

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    Hey Guys,

    I collected some hermits today, and need to run by you whether or not they're all desirable.

    2 x small white-looking guys
    2 x reddish brown medium sized (R2 coin)
    then there are 3 big (1' diameter) hairy dudes with one massive pincer.

    They are all behaving themselves and cleaning up really nicely. The big dudes seem a bit grumpy and territorial with each-other which is normal hermit behavious i believe.

    I have some SPS frags on order and collecting LR full of mushrooms this weekend.

    Just need to check if they'll be ok with my new additions or will i have to move 'em to the sump/ocean?

    Mike
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Mike - no. They are good. I have never had ANY local hermits cause problems in my display tank (perhaps except bump over loose standing coral frags)... ;)
     
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    Pics please, and where did you collect them?
     
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    I have seen and watched the green and white legged guys catch a goldie, I actually watched them stalk it like lions and when one grabbed the tail, they all pounced. The ones with the big white pincers have klapped nearly all the other hermits. The thin white legged ones I have in my sump. The big red and white spotted one I would not trust, especially the size they get too (bigger than your fist). The smaller red ones and blue are great (were till the ones with the bigger pincer klapped them.)

    I think if they got hairy legs then supposed too leave them, don't quote me though.
     
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    I also have not had any issues with locally caught hermits, besides the fact that the bigger ones walk and hurt coral especially when they're hungry:whistling:Try and collect the smaller hermits instead of the bigger okes as they will cause less harm when they wonder around the tank
     
  7. Mrabkin

    Mrabkin Thread Starter

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    Thx guys will try to post some pics later today.. Theory is that i'll watch em with a close eye; if they cause chaos it's off to solitary confinement (the sump).

    I had agood chat to them about behaviour and my rules... so now they know!
     
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    Where did you collect them?

    I got 3 types from around Durban.
     
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    Leisure Isle just un the Knysna Lagoon...
     
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    I've haven't had any problems with local hermit (execept for the knock-over-coral thing).
     
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