Red Dwarf Hermit Crab
|Resides : Rocks and Sand|
|Consumes : Detritus, Hair Algae, Film Algae, and some species of Cyanobacteria|
|Max Size : 0.5"/ 13mm|
|Origin : Indo Pacific|
|Warnings : May attack snails and other hermits for their shells.|
The Red Dwarf Hermit Crab (Clibanarius rutilus) is a small hermit with a striking Orange/Red color that consumes hair algae, film algae, and detritus. They will spend their time on the rocks and on the substrate of your aquarium, with a preference for the rocks. They are safe to add to most macroalgae planted tanks, but will consume some fleshy algae like Scroll Algae, Halymenia, and Ulva. This species occupies the same niche as Zebra hermits do in Hawaii, and are roughly the same size and also mainly occupy smaller Nerite shells.
Red Dwarf Hermits are slightly smaller than most hermits in the hobby, like the Blue Leg Hermit crab you may be familiar with. While they are considered reef safe, they may attack snails for their shells, having extra empty hermit shells available for them can reduce this behavior. You can have a cleanup crew that will get the job done without hermits, but most people enjoy their comical antics as they scurry about the tank. This is a very active species that is fun to watch.
We cover a maximum of 50 Red Dwarf Hermit Crabs sent via Priority Mail.