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post #1 of 5 Old 04-21-2007, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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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?

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-21-2007, 01:34 PM
Get a power head and blow it on the algae. It should go away.[info][/info]
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-21-2007, 03:12 PM
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exactly what does the algea look like?

and what is a strawberry hermit crab? is it a scarlet hermit crab?
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-21-2007, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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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:
http://www.hermit-crabs.com/perlatus.htm
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.

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-21-2007, 08:21 PM
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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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