Zebra Hermits causing destruction!

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  1. tinusb

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    Hey all!

    I just got a couple of zebra hermits, and the little buggers are eating the red coralline algae off my live rock!!!!!! Is this normal?! And if not, how do I stop them? Tried telling them not to, and picking them up and throwing them on the substrate - didn't help! :lol::lol::lol:

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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    strange.they usually eat hair algea,many other types of algeas,cyanobacteria and left over foods.not too sure about coralline though.but looks like they do like coralline algea
     
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    haha. Little buggers. I only trust the dwarf red legged hermits myself...
     
  5. tinusb

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    And that's what they've been eating --- the pink/red stuff. It is Coralline, isn't it??? And what's that DARK GREEN? :whistling::whistling:
     
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    yip thats coralline alright!the green stuff looks like some type of algea
     
  7. tinusb

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    *sigh* - they've eaten almost half of one of the pieces of liverock! Nasty buggers... at least they've moved off now - until next time. Just a quick Q - do I need coralline algae in order to have it growing in my tank, ie. coralline on the liverock - I mean, it should've seeded somewhere now, huh?
     
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    coralline isnt a must,it is also a good sign of a healthy ecosystem!makes the tank look good,no doubt. but at the same time it does chow up Ca,Alk and Mg.
     
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    agh that's ok - can always add a couple of boxes of magnesium ribbon, lime, etc :p heheh just joking :) Yeah it does look nice... was just worried, cause I don't have a lot of it in my tank at the moment, and don't want the little buggers to eat everything! :)
     
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    this reminds me,need to collect hermits for my new tank
     
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    Let them eat away, you will never loose the coralline. If anything it actually inhibits the filtering of your liverock. Eat away dudes
     
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    Looks to me like there is plenty of green stuff on the rocks too, but as Mikki said coraline os good but it bungs up your rock, so let the little fellas do what they do:)
     
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    Kewl! Then I'll leave them be :)
     
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    yes - leave them - i got 2 urchins in my nano just to eat the corraline. Although it may look good to some, as said above, it uses up too much of expensive Ca. Also when they encrust over the rock, they block off the filtration process of that rock.
     
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    weird i just bougt 6 for my nano hope i dont have same problem
     
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    Is it just me or do those hermits look like snails?
     
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    hahahahahahaha
     
  18. tinusb

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    Viper viper viper... of course they are snails! Didn't take a photo where they are busy eating the coralline... figured you guys don't need a picture, or am I wrong? ;) LOL :)
     
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    Geeez, I thought I was going off my head there, everybody is talking about zebra hermits and all I can see is a snail with black and white stripes :p Don't be confusing me like that :rofl:
     
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