Screw Red Legged hermits!!!!!

Discussion in 'New Hobbyists' started by dustintx, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    So I have noticed that my Red Legged Hermit Crabs do in fact attack some of my corals. Caught 2 nibbling on my new pink star polyp as it was conpletely closed,they were picking at the purple coraline looking mass as there were a couple bare spots where they were at.
    I immediately took them out and tossed them in my sump where they will stay until they die!!!!!!
     
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  2. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    They tend to do that when they're hungry. Or if you spot feed your corals they'll crawl all over them to take the food and damage corals. They're great for pest control just not ideal for reef tanks.
     
  3. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Yes,I will take them all out when I can find them all and possibly exchange them for something less damaging to my corals.
     
  4. Jesterrace

    Jesterrace Member

    Interesting, I have had a mix of red legged, left handed and blue legged hermit crabs and have never had any of them attack my frogspawn, hammer or soft mushroom corals
     
  5. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Hermits have no place in reef aquariums and it is doubtful that much good would come from them in any aquaria.
     
  6. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    So you think I should remove them all? What would I replace them with?
     
  7. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Do you need to replace them? What did you think they were accomplishing? If you have a sandbed, try Nassarius snails. But with snails, absolutely no crabs are allowed. Snails will out-perform any crab anyway.
     
  8. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Found culprits Beth. Turns out something else was eating my polyps. 20171206_073204.jpg 20171206_073156.jpg
     
  9. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    That is a bristleworm and there are likely a lot of them in your aquaria. Did you find that on a coral? They will might eat a coral that is already dying.
     
  10. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Yes! I caught one on it so I pulled it out to inspect and decided to dip it in revive at which time they both scurried out. I already figured I have an infestation. Some people say they are good CUC,but now I am disagreeing. Maybe they dont eat them so much as they irritate them to the point they get stressed and start to wither away at which point they go to town on them,lol
     

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