Red Legged Hermit Crab
The Red Legged Hermit Crab is a valuable addition to either a saltwater reef or fish-only aquarium due to their voracious appetite for green hair algae and cyanobacteria
Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1"
Color Form: Red
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
The Red Legged Hermit Crab originates from the coastal waters surrounding Mexico, and has a red face and legs.
Both claws are of equal size, and members of this genus are sometimes called "Equal-handed Hermit Crabs." This tiny crab lives in abandoned snail shells which will vary in size and shape.
The Red Legged Hermit Crab is a valuable addition to either a saltwater reef or fish-only aquarium due to their voracious appetite for green hair algae and cyanobacteria.
In addition, they provide a valuable service of aerating the substrate by sifting through the sand. It is one of the Hermit Crabs that is reef-safe.
The ideal environment is an established saltwater aquarium with plenty of algae and/or live rock to graze upon. Be sure to provide empty shells of various sizes to accommodate their growth.
If insufficient algae is present, the Red Legged Hermit Crab will need to be fed dried seaweed.