Tridacna crocea vs Hermit Crabs

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  1. adicus

    adicus Aiptasia Anemone

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    I have been reading that there are issues keeping Clams - both [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Tridacna crocea and [/FONT]Tridacna maxima in aquariums which have Hermit Crabs. Because my tank size is 75 Gallon, I am looking at a Tridacna crocea as a possible candidate.


    Does anyone have experience with Clams and Hermit Crabs?
     
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  3. rdevault0121

    rdevault0121 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    i have had a bad experience with a electric scallop and and coral banded shrimp the scallop lost
     
  4. irr0001

    irr0001 Purple Tang

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    I have never had any problems with hermits and my clam. What kind of issues have you heard of? Climbing on them would be the only thing I could think of. Unless one got curious and clamped down on the mantle.
     
  5. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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    no problem with my crocea/blue legged hermits
     
  6. ibefishy

    ibefishy Montipora Capricornis

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    Never had a problem with either of my clams and hermits
     
  7. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No problems, the hermits do irritate the clam climbing over it but do no harm.
     
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  9. ClamsOnDemand

    ClamsOnDemand 3reef Sponsor

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    Never had proublems with hermit crabs and clams!
     
  10. iLLwiLL

    iLLwiLL Sailfin Tang

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    Where did you read hermits and clams are not compatible? The only way I see it going south is if you dont feed the tank for a couple months and the hermits have to either eat the clam or starve.

    ~Will.
     
  11. adicus

    adicus Aiptasia Anemone

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    "Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium" by James Fatherree. Page 145 under the "No" title. "No crabs that aren't known to be absolutely invertebrate safe, which eliminates pretty much everything other than the filter-feeding porcelain crabs (ex. Petrolisthes) and the anemone crabs (Neopetrolisthes). No hermit crabs that aren't known to be absolutely invertebrate safe, which narrows your choices down to the few hermits that are good algae eaters, such as the scarlet hermit (Pagusristes cadenati) and the blue-legged hermit (Clibanarius tircolor), etc."

    I wish I could say that all of my hermits are scarlet - which is what I purchased, But I couldn't be sure.
     
  12. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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    I think most of us with crabs have the blue leg variety. I know when I said no problems it is with that variety I was referring.

    So, I think this thread really only confirmed what you read. ;)