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Sick marine hermit crab- 6/4/03 Hello Almighty fish-helpers, > I have a common Hermit Crab (yep, the red hairy leg variety). He (or she?) > has been in the family for about 8 months. Up until recently he’s been happy in his 75g saltwater fish-only tank. He seems to rule the roost. I’ve always provided him new shells to check out and he moves into one now and then. The last week he’s been hanging out in the corner, not moving much and not as eager to get around the tank. He eats much less and seems to have the blues. Any thought? Iodine is critical for it, and yet is only good in solution for hours/days (part of the reason for recommending small weekly water changes instead of monthly or longer). If the tank gets not iodine/reef supplements and/or has been light on water changes, the little bugger could be starving for iodine. When in doubt, do a water change. 25-50% to see if that stimulates it. Also test your water chemistry: has pH strayed low (below 8.3?), is ALK flat (below 8 dKH), etc. Thanks, Steve HJ Crabs We purchased an eclipse system 6 from you and stocked it locally. We purchased two crabs (I assume left-handed hermit crabs) who have one large left claw. Both are relatively small and are in the aquarium with 5 fish. My question is, do we have to feed these crabs anything specific, or do they just clean the tank as a food source? Is two crabs too much for a 6 gallon aquarium? The pet store staff was clueless, but the crabs were so cute we couldn’t resist, even without proper care instructions. I wish I’d seen your fish express feature before stocking; I’ve gained more information reading your site than in talking with the pet store staff. Thank you for your help! Linda Saldana >> Get a Claw! 5/1/03 My hermit crab’s pincher has recently fallen off. You said it was shedding problems. Should it be a concern? What should I do with the pincher? What should I do? Sorry if these questions have already been answered. Bye. – Crab Parts – Hi gang, I have four red leg crabs in my 30 gallon fish only aquarium. Water is perfect temp is great. But every so often I will see a crab leg floating in the water on lying on the sand. Do they molt or shed legs? I have not noticed anyone picking at them. Thanks Christina Best regards, Anthony> Hermit crabs – algae Dear WWM: If you were to choose 5 species of hermit crab or crabs in general, for routine cleanup of green hair and filamentous algae in my reef tank, which would they be? I intend on having corals and want “reef safe” varieties. I live in Ft. Lauderdale and can collect hermits from the tide pools. Can I use these? If so, what species. blue legged, red legged, etc Thanks, Steve

Sick marine hermit crab- 6/4/03 Hello Almighty fish-helpers, <Howdy!

> I have a common jpeoplemeet Hermit Crab (yep, the red hairy leg variety). He (or she?) > has been in the family for about 8 months. Up until recently he’s been happy in his 75g saltwater fish-only tank. He seems to rule the roost. I’ve always provided him new shells to check out and he moves into one now and then. The last week he’s been hanging out in the corner, not moving much and not as eager to get around the tank. He eats much less and seems to have the blues. Any thought? Iodine is critical for it, and yet is only good in solution for hours/days (part of the reason for recommending small weekly water changes instead of monthly or longer). If the tank gets not iodine/reef supplements and/or has been light on water changes, the little bugger could be starving for iodine. When in doubt, do a water change. 25-50% to see if that stimulates it. Also test your water chemistry: has pH strayed low (below 8.3?), is ALK flat (below 8 dKH), etc.

Thanks, Steve HJ

Crabs We purchased an eclipse system 6 from you and stocked it locally. We purchased two crabs (I assume left-handed hermit crabs) who have one large left claw. Both are relatively small and are in the aquarium with 5 fish. My question is, do we have to feed these crabs anything specific, or do they just clean the tank as a food source? Is two crabs too much for a 6 gallon aquarium? The pet store staff was clueless, but the crabs were so cute we couldn’t resist, even without proper care instructions. I wish I’d seen your fish express feature before stocking; I’ve gained more information reading your site than in talking with the pet store staff. Thank you for your help! Linda Saldana >>

Get a Claw! 5/1/03 My hermit crab’s pincher has recently fallen off. You said it was shedding problems. Should it be a concern? What should I do with the pincher? What should I do? Sorry if these questions have already been answered. Bye.

– Crab Parts – Hi gang, I have four red leg crabs in my 30 gallon fish only aquarium. Water is perfect temp is great. But every so often I will see a crab leg floating in the water on lying on the sand. Do they molt or shed legs? I have not noticed anyone picking at them. Thanks Christina

Best regards, Anthony>

Hermit crabs – algae Dear WWM: If you were to choose 5 species of hermit crab or crabs in general, for routine cleanup of green hair and filamentous algae in my reef tank, which would they be? I intend on having corals and want “reef safe” varieties. I live in Ft. Lauderdale and can collect hermits from the tide pools. Can I use these? If so, what species. blue legged, red legged, etc Thanks, Steve < I would do mainly red leg hermits. Sally Lightfoots are good at eating hair algae also. Cody>