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jdecorse25 04-21-2007 12:31 PM

Large Strawberry Hermit Crab
We have a problem with red algae, so we bought a sea urchin. Not one of the ones with the long spikes, I don't know it's name. We just went downstairs and saw the hermit crab EATING the urchin, by the time we got him off the crabs pincher, it was all gone and the outer shell was empty except for the urchin's beak. I didn't know that the crab would eat the urchin. What can we have that the crab won't eat?

Age of Aquariums 04-21-2007 12:34 PM

Get a power head and blow it on the algae. It should go away.[info][/info]

Melissa 04-21-2007 02:12 PM

exactly what does the algea look like?

and what is a strawberry hermit crab? is it a scarlet hermit crab?

jdecorse25 04-21-2007 02:43 PM

Red algae
The algae is rust in color. It's on the glass and the rock and on the crab's shell. The guy at my LFS said that snails would fix it, but I was afraid of the crab eating them, so we got the urchin instead.

Here's the link to what my crab looks like:
It's larger than a scarlet hermit crab. I would say that if you layed him out flat he's be around 2.5-3 inches.

Melissa 04-21-2007 07:21 PM

well this is the first time i have ever heard of one of these in a saltwater tank. they eay meaty foods and should be in large predator tanks. so im not sure if you can put other things with it. if it ate a urchin it might eat snails too. i wish i could help you more but i have no experience with them.

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