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The African Hermit Crab, scientifically known as Coenobita clypeatus, is a fascinating and charming invertebrate that brings a touch of the tropics to any marine or brackish aquarium. With its unique behavior of carrying and dwelling in empty seashells, the African Hermit Crab is a delightful addition that enhances the diversity and activity of your tank.


The African Hermit Crab showcases a striking appearance with its reddish-brown exoskeleton and distinctive asymmetric claws. As they grow, they seek out larger empty shells to provide protection and space for their expanding bodies. They typically reach a size of around 2 to 6 inches, depending on the species and the size of the available shells.


Known for their peaceful and social nature, African Hermit Crabs are best kept in groups to promote natural behaviors and interactions. They are generally compatible with other peaceful tank mates, as long as there are no aggressive or predatory species that may harm them. Providing them with various sizes and shapes of seashells to choose from is essential to ensure their well-being and comfort.


Feeding the African Hermit Crab is relatively easy as they are opportunistic omnivores. They will consume a variety of foods, including commercial hermit crab pellets, algae, small pieces of seafood, and plant matter. Additionally, providing calcium-rich supplements is crucial to support their exoskeleton growth and overall health.


Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 72-82°F
  • pH: 7.8-8.4
  • Salinity: 1.005-1.020 (for brackish water setups)
  • Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels should be closely monitored and kept at low levels.


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

African Hermit Crab

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