Thin Striped Hermit (Medium)

The Thin Striped Hermit Crab is good at removing hair algae, film algae, detritus and cyanobacteria from your tank.

    The Thin Striped Hermit Crab, (Clibanarius vittatus) is good at removing hair algae, film algae, detritus and some species of turf algae. It can grow large enough to inhabit a four inch shell, making it one of the larger algae eating hermits. While it will not eat your corals, it may attack snails for their shells. When it grows to full size it may become a threat to loose rock work.

Tank size for a critter like this will largely depend on the structure of it. For example, they would do fine in a 10g species only hermit tank, with minimal rock and lots of sand. A good choice for the kids, these guys are very hardy and aren't shy. If you were adding it to a fish and mobile invert only tank, it would do well in a 50g or larger. However if the tank was a 150 gallon reef with lots of coral and little room to move; they may be crowded in that display tank, but comfortable in the 15 gallon refugium beside it. 

This product listing is for big hermits, that have already reached "pet size". They will all be in large shells like the one pictured, roughly 2-3 inches in size or larger. Will do our best to get them in a cool looking shell prior to shipping.

Because this species costs more in shipping weight when sent with Express than the price we charge, there is a limit of 3 per Express Mail order.

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Express Mail orders placed today will ship Thursday, November 21st. Priority Mail resumes Monday, November 25th. Later dates available by request.

By default, our packages will ship "Deliver to Customer or Door". However, you should always keep an eye out for the package on delivery day - especially if you live in an apartment with a common mailbox or parcel locker where packages are delivered. You should arrange to be home to accept live packages. Packages are often left in mailboxes and around doors you may not frequently use. Please do not let it sit outside for hours or days if there are live animals inside. Abandonment and neglect will lead to losses. Please be pro-active.

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