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Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab

  • The Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab is a tiny, beautiful and peaceful inhabitant of saltwater and marine environments and a favorite in reef aquariums. As you can see, the beautiful red legs and yellow eye stalks of the Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab seem to contrast nicely and make for a striking visual impact. They are curious but very cautious creatures and may stay under the protection of their shells for extended periods of time.

    This photo is of my newly introduced Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab, just moments after he molted and decided to look around his new home. It appeared that he was slowly peeking out of his shell while trying to grab the tiny floating food that was just barely within reach.

    The first photo was taken during the introductory stage of my hermit to the tank. The subsequent photos, which are all high resolution and quite crisp, were taken after becoming more comfortable with the tank. It was remarkable to see such a change in activity after doing a water change as well. Scarlet reef hermit crabs are no different than any other aquatic creature in this regard. When you introduce fresh, clean ammonia and nitrate free water, there will be an increase in the general conditions and also the attitude of your livestock.

    I noticed that the yellow stalk for eyes has much more complexity than I first notice. There is much more going on in these photos, some of which were taken during the crab's feeding time.