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I am planning on getting 4-5 dwarf hermit crabs for my 40 gal tank. I need some critters to start siffting through the sand and stuff. I currently have a ocellarias clown fish, 2 brittle star fish and a large peppermint shrimp. Will the crabs bother any of these guys or vice versa?? Is there any other types of inverts I should consider instead of hermit crabs?
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Re: Compatibility

Conch snails are one that will bury itself and travel under the sand(there are others).Hermit crabs IMO are pest.If you plan on having corals they will probably irritate them.As far as what you listed they will probably not bother each other.Also hermits have a tendancy to kill snails in an attempt to find new housing.Here's a link to some sand sifters an a breif description about them.
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Re: Compatibility

I agree with CB, hermits if they don't have enough to munch on, will pretty much munch in anything available to them.
Nass Snail is a good sifter. Also, 4-5 isn't a very good number for a 40g, might want to up that to like say, 15-20.

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Oh wow didnt think needed that much!! I am thinking of going with some bumblebee snails and like you said reefer maybe some nass snails as well. Thanks guys!
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Re: Compatibility

Bumble Bee is another great choice, but it doesn't sift much. I have them and they stay more on the rocks.

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Thanks for the advice. I bought 5 cerith snails and a mexican trubo snail for starters. I wanted a few bumble bees but the pet store was out. Hopefully I will get some soon and some more ceriths
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Re: Compatibility

Sounds like a good start.

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