Added a Blue leg crab today. He’s eating one of my snails. :(

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I added a blue legged Hermit crab today. Thought it was pretty cool. It was pretty hungry when he got in the tank. A few hours later I notice it pushed over my biggest turbo snail and is eating it. Is that common? I have a red leg that is much smaller and haven’t had any problems in the past.

Are all of my snails doomed? Did I put a serial killer in my tank?
 
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It’s pretty good sized. I think the snail was on his way out anyways.

Do I need to add shells for the hermit crab to live in?
 
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There is no guarantee that the hermit will use an empty shell versus killing another snail, but yes good idea.
 
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Can anyone ID these little spider web looking things? I’m assuming some sort of worm?
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I think I see Clove polyps, maybe Aptasia....
Both invasive.
Treat ALL crabs as “maybe”. Snails way better choice.
Not a requirement.

Since I banned crabs years 5 years ago, I seem to not lose anything these days,
hum....
 

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I think I see Clove polyps, maybe Aptasia....
Both invasive.
Treat ALL crabs as “maybe”. Snails way better choice.
Not a requirement.

Since I banned crabs years 5 years ago, I seem to not lose anything these days,
hum....
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What he said.


Make it a circle of life and eat the crab.
 

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