Clam killing hermit crab????????

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  1. fletch

    fletch Kole Tang

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    Well I came home for lunch today and I found the larger of my red legged hermit crabs on top of my baby gold maxima clam :mad: and there were some of my nassarius snails gathered around the clam also, I checked the clam and the shell was empty. :mad: :mad: It was doing great yesterday, :-/ Well my Question is Do you think that the hermit killed the clam? :confused: John
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No, I have expierienced this myself and I would guess the clam died Last night and the scavengers went to work.

    Jason

    Sorry for your Loss :(
     
  4. fletch

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    The only thing that is bothering me is that clam was doing great yesterday it hade nice color and it's mantel was fully extended it looked very healthy. John
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ya I had a small blue Maxima that the same thing happend. One day it looked Great the next it was an empty shell. I had 2 other clams right beside it that are still 100%

    Jason
     
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    Thanks Jason!! :( Man that sucks that was a nice clam too I liked it's color :bigcry: :bigcry:
     
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    sry for ur loss :(
     
  10. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Aw crumbs. Sorry to hear that John but you're not alone. I've had this happen to my clams in the past too :(
     
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  11. fletch

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    Amcarrig I am sorry to here that you had the same happen to you But it also makes me feel better to know that this does happen, one day it just looked fine and the next it was gone. I was ready to throw my hermit crab into my refugium as I have had a bad experience with crabs before ( that don't sound good ) :-[ with them Killing my coral's and fish so I just don't trust them .................................. John
     
  12. amcarrig

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    What kind of hermits? I've never seen my crabs (hush) :) eat anything in the tank that wasn't already dead or on its way out. Maybe they go after an occassional snail but that's about it. I have both blue legs and zebra hermits in my tank and they kill each other more often than anything else. Do you fresh water dip new clams before adding them to your tank? If you don't, it might not be a bad idea to do so from here on out.