Crab eating turbo snail

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by ltkenbo, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. ltkenbo

    ltkenbo

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2009
    Messages:
    625
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Bloomington, MN
    I got a large hermit crab from my friend and yesterday it starting doing what looks like killing and eating one of the turbo snails. Now, this doesn't really bother me that much because most of the algae in my tank is gone now anyways and the one he killed is a zebra one which they are all lazy and just crawl around on the glass, the mexican turbo is the only one that actually cleans stuff up off the rocks.

    Anyways point being is today I came home and noticed an odor in my room from the fish tank and went over to it to see the hermit crab eating chunks of the snail while some are floating away, then soon after that the gobey came over and he is sitting right above the snail waiting for pieces to fly out and then he eats them lol. My question here is that will this cause any serious ammonia issues? I've got 100+ lbs. of live rock, a deep sand bed, a protein skimmer and a 10 gallon sump in my 55 gallon along with chaeto algae running in the sump. Cause if it is I can pull the shell out, but if it won't be a big deal than I'll leave it.

    EDIT: Actually the odor was not from that but from some fish food I left in a cup from the other day. However, the question still stands...
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2009
    ltkenbo, Nov 30, 2009
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. ltkenbo

    dcantucson

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Messages:
    20,917
    Likes Received:
    1,898
    I would 'fish' it out because there's no reason to take chances. However I don't think it would cause a spike in your size of tank.
     
    dcantucson, Nov 30, 2009
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. ltkenbo

    Hiker4twenty

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,590
    Likes Received:
    426
    Location:
    .....
    My scarlet reef hermit is a killer in my tank. He's ate 2 of my turbo's, 2 nassarius snails and a queen conch this weekend. I've never tanken the shell out and never had a problem with it spiking my tank...I only have a 14g BC. I'd say you'll be just fine, but it's up to you.
     
    Hiker4twenty, Nov 30, 2009
    #3
  4. ltkenbo

    sen5241b

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Messages:
    5,029
    Likes Received:
    387
    Location:
    Arlington VA
    Try to get him a little melted butter to dip it in.
     
    sen5241b, Nov 30, 2009
    #4
  5. ltkenbo

    SeaBee Ha Ha Thats Funny!

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,107
    Likes Received:
    189
    Yea, melted butter and a little bib!!! Or you can take it out to be safe, but what if it died behind the rocks? I think you can go either way, whatever you feel best with.
     
    SeaBee, Dec 1, 2009
    #5
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.