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Okay so I just let my 5 dwarf hermit crabs into my tank and right away one of the hermit crabs got out of its shell. I tried to nudge it back to him as he’s exploring the tank but he keeps leaving it. I do have extra shells but they are all bigger and he is quite small. I have no idea what to do and my local fish store said that there wasn’t much to do about it as they have a mind of their own.
 
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He’s very tiny probably have to look closely
 

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Strange. Hopefully nobody attacks it while it's exploring. Ya there isn't much you can do but make sure you have plenty of shells.
 

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You could isolate him with a couple of shells in a Tupperware see if he crawls into one, or if you have a acclimation box.
 

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Okay so I just let my 5 dwarf hermit crabs into my tank and right away one of the hermit crabs got out of its shell. I tried to nudge it back to him as he’s exploring the tank but he keeps leaving it. I do have extra shells but they are all bigger and he is quite small. I have no idea what to do and my local fish store said that there wasn’t much to do about it as they have a mind of their own.
He'll find a hiding place and be ok.
 

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I've had hermits do that before. Not really an emergency - they'll mess around for a bit until they find something they're satisfied with.
Wow sounds like your talking about a anemone
 

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It must be a full moon, mine just did the same thing! Unfortunately, he seemed to be tumbling around in some corner flow. I moved a couple shells near him... :(
 
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It must be a full moon, mine just did the same thing! Unfortunately, he seemed to be tumbling around in some corner flow. I moved a couple shells near him... :(
Ugh, hopefully he gets back in a shell. I would try to separate him from the rest of the tank as mine did not last long with 3 shrimp. I regret not just separating him and leaving him with a shell.
 

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Let it do its' thing naturally. Nudging back rarely encourages it to go back but rather run for cover and get stressed out. It may not do a thing until lights out when it feels safe.
 

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