Scientific Name: Calcinus Sp.
Reef safe: Unknown
Care level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful (may attack snails if no larger shells are available)
Acclimation: Drip application
The hermit crab earned its nickname for its habit of moving from one shell to another – as the crab grows, it must move on to a larger shell. In some cases, a hermit crab will actually kill a snail or another crustacean simply for the purpose of taking over its shell. Hermit crabs serve in the role of a “cleanup crew” in the saltwater tank, sifting through substrate for detritus and eating aquarium algae. Many hermit crab species are social and thrive best when there is more than one.
Please note that the hermit crabs you receive may be different colors or species.