Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab (Clibanarius tricolor) Care
|Care Level: Easy|
|Reef Compatible: Yes|
|Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.026|
|Max. Size: 1″|
|Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements|
|Compatibility: View Guide|
|Region: East Americas|
|Additional Information: View Video|
|Guarantee: Livestock Guarantee|
The Blue Leg Hermit Crab, Clibanarius tricolor, is also known as the Dwarf Blue Hermit, Tricolor Hermit, Equal-handed Hermit, and the Blue Knee Hermit. These crabs come from the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. They have blue legs with red bands and both claws are the same size.
These crabs are omnivores and highly desirable in reef tanks because they will eat unwanted algae and any leftover meaty foods left in the tank by other tankmates. They can reach most cracks and crevices and will not both fish, corals nor other invertebrates. You should not need to feed them unless you have very little algae in the tank.
They require an aquarium of at least 10 gallons; in fact, it is recommended to have at least one hermit crab for every 10 gallons of aquarium water. They are peaceful to other tankmates EXCEPT to potential snails that have a shell that the hermit crab wants – they will kill snails for their shells.
Approximate Purchase Size
1/4″ to 1/2″