Cool hermit shells

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Just found this, I'm sure there are more pics out there of hermits using odd things for shells, but 3D printed is geeky cool!

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/3d-printed-hermit-crab-shells-depict-famous-landmarks
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With that and the transparent ones in the related thread, they're spoilt for choice!

https://reefbase.co.uk/reefing-news/hermit-crab-with-transparent-shell-on-display-in-birmingham/

I do wonder if the more fancy patterns make it easier for the hermit to get wedge and stuck.  :lipsrsealed:
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Hermit related question. How long is it before they go looking for a bigger shell? Recently baught a halloween hermit.

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Anywhere from straight away, to a few months, or never if they're adult size.

Usually though, it can be very soon after, as they've been in transit and in shop's display tanks, where there's no safe time (no shelter) for them to change shells, so they'll stick with the cramped one they have. When in a peaceful home tank, they can be pretty keen to change when first introduced. Same story with anything with an exoskeleton like Cleaner Shrimp, etc.

If you haven't got any spare shells, have a look on eBay, some people sell bags of them they've collected from beaches, etc, just be careful of size, as bigger ones are harder to come by, you might inadvertently buy a bag of smaller shells than you already have.   :O
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As Mike says, but your LFS may have3 a bucket of them in the shop which you can out of for free! Weather you shells from the beach, online or LFS just boil em up in RO and allow to cool before adding to the tank.
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I live near a beach, so might go hunting for some myself and boil them up.

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A friend who worked in a LFS used to glue Lego men to their shells. Looked cool in the DT. These Lego men just sliding around  :grin:

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Would look funny if it was just the arms, legs, and head too!
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