Shells for Hermit Crabs

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  1. Forbes

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    Hi Guys,
    I have two small hermit crabs, and I am looking for shells to put in the tank for when they outgrow theirs. I have put a couple of small shells in the tank, but they are a different type to what they are in at present. Both crabs have climbed over the shells and made inspections, but have left them alone. It may be that they are not ready to swop yet, or that they don't like what I have put in the tank.
    Can anyone let me know where I can get some shells, besides taking a trip to Durban. I will post pics if it will help.
     
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  3. Hammerhead

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    Try China Mall, there was a discussion here previously about these. Will see if i cn post the link
     
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    in JHB go to the pet store in Lifestyle. I bought a few shrimp there and asked for some shells and they gave me some no problem .... one still had it's host in it - lol !!! All 3 of my hermits changed shells within 3 days.
     
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    Which lifestyle, I think there is one in Centurion and one off Malabongwe near fourways
     
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    it's off Beyer's Naude
     
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    Thanks, I will drop by and see if they can help
     
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    Do you want them to grow. They move to bigger shell and then grow dont they. I would leave them with the shells they have to prevent them becoming bulldozers
     
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    They do grow ... and quite a bit ... also they will move into the shell and then park off for a few days (maybe longer than a week even). You will think they are dead but they not
     
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    I have found that if they have no shell to move to they will grow to a point and stop growing.. but then again your snails must then get nervous cos the hermits will come a hunting!
     
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    And if you have more than one hermit, they will also fight each other for the shells.

    I had (have) 15 of them, and when I introduced them into the tank, all of them changed shells literally within 45 minutes. About every second day I had the left over skeletons from their molting, and I have to constantly supply new shells. Biggest one is prob double the size of a marble...
     
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    I dont keep hermits cos they are like bergies. Knocking over stuff, scratching where they shouldnt ....
     
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    Guys, Thanks for the advice, I have been told by a person from one of our LFS that if you don't provide them with bigger shells they die. These two little bu**ers are small and different sizes which I think helps. Pics attached, so it will be a while before they threaten the snails. To give you an indication of their size, the average substrate size is about 1,5mm.

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    did you manage with the shells ?
     
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    they have shells at idol marine just phone if they have left
     
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    I haven't found shells yet, I bought some coral from Idol Marine over the weekend, and asked them, but they don't have.
     
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    Pm me your p.o. box .nr and ill go hunt for some this weekend and post them to you. If i get time. I'm sure they won't get stolen. Lol
     
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    Thanks to Charl for the shells, both crabs have upgraded. I have some shells for those who may be looking, and have also now found out that there is a pet shop at the Plaza that sells shells for those who are interested.
     
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    so did anybody else have any luck finding shells for their hermits?

    would really appreciate if anybody could point me in the right direction, i'm based in fourways
     
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