Please ID Local Hermits

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  1. mookz

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    Hi Guys
    I have been acclimatising these guys for the last couple of weeks, 100% survival rate, it took ages to hit the sweet spot.
    The Temp is 25 degrees Celsius and Salinity is 1.026.
    They are all eating and mostly active at night.
    There are 14 of them, they are purple with red, they range from 5mm - 2cm and one large one of about 5cm.

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    Those are pink hermits, Paguristes gamianus.
    They are a cold water species and dont do well long term at 25 degrees. They are also very timid and dont do well with other hermit species.
     
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    were are they from?
     
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    Thx for the reply
    Could you send me a link, just googled Paguristes gamianus and cannot find any good info.
     
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    Sorry I would rather not say, dont want loads of people going and removing them all.
     
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    ID comes from Two Oceans.
    That was just based on my personal experience. I dont have a chiller and the moment the temp increases, they were the first to die.
     
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    they are found on the west coast. Not easy to find and not as common as quoted in books.
     
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    I have had the same experience, this time I raised the temp over a week or 2. The rock pool temp was high, I acclimatised them to 50/50 NSW and synthetic(took my time I think 2 or 3 days), I then put them in the tank and raised the temp by 2 degrees every second day.
    They have all survived and are eating well and scuttle all over the place.
    They all look happy no signs of stress.
     
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    I know of only 3 places where there are lots of these guys, they seem to like being in groups of 5 - 20.
     
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    thats great to hear. Hope they make it. I think they the best looking local hermits
     
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    I also think they are the best looking and not aggro.

    Thx for the ID!
     
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    even better is they stay small. Only get to about 20mm.

    No problem!
     
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