Halloween Hermit Crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus)

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Max Size: 2 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

The Halloween Hermit Crab is a standout member of any aquarium cleanup crew, thanks to its eye-catching orange and red banding. Originating from the Hawaiian Islands, this crab exhibits mesmerizing color patterns, adding a beautiful accent to marine aquariums. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the Halloween Hermit Crab plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy aquarium environment by scavenging leftover food settled on the substrate.

Moreover, the Halloween Hermit Crab proves to be a valuable algae eater, capable of consuming varieties like green hair algae and cyanobacteria. Additionally, it contributes to the aquarium's well-being by aerating the substrate through sand sifting. However, it's important to note that as the Halloween Hermit Crab grows larger, it may become a bit lumbering and inadvertently disturb rockwork or corals in reef aquariums.

The Halloween Hermit Crab chooses abandoned snail or triton shells as its home, and if necessary, it may even attack and consume a snail to claim its shell. To prevent such occurrences, it is advisable to provide the crab with empty shells of assorted shapes and sizes to choose from.

In cases where there is insufficient algae available, it's essential to supplement the Halloween Hermit Crab's diet with dried seaweed, as well as meaty items like mysis shrimp. Providing a balanced diet ensures the crab's health and continued contribution to maintaining a clean and harmonious aquarium environment.