11-17-2009, 08:58 PM
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I dont know about camels being predatory like other (mantis ,etc) shrimps are but mere opportunist as all other animals are as far as I know.
Did experienced camels affecting general health of some softies but when kept well fed, they seemed to leaved the corals alone.
I heard of such errors b/n camels and peppermint in few forums but I wonder how as they do have totally different body shapes. Never have heard such locally!
I strongly doubt it was camel who went on rampage rather fighting/killing among themselves over shells. iIliterally saw one pull other out of its shell to claim his prize (new shell).
Dont know the size of tank nor what kind of hermits, so I cant say for sure. I would always have extra shells laying around on the substrate when keeping hermits so they can find new home without fighting/killing each other.
Among 5 I have, this is what's left of few more I caught past summer, they do go at each other, especially during feeding time. I could hear them bumpimg onto glass while running and chasing each others. I did notice recently one is actually turning greenish colorbut it is not the most dominant one.
I ve seen my wild caught shrimp/prawn dine on dead/torned apart hermit. Plus I also have tiny to mid sized local crabs which doesnt turned down free meals, which btw were born in the tank last year.
What a show/sight as many female crabs do the dance to shake the eggs off.
Hope things settled down for you soon.