View Full Version : Red vs Blue hermits. Which is better?

08/22/2006, 03:49 PM
Hi, I need to buy a clean up crew for brown algae on the rocks and gravel. Any thoughts on if blue or red hermits are better? Thanks!

08/22/2006, 03:54 PM
I love the scarlet legged hermits. They are very reef friendly and they seem to be the most well behaved of all the hermits I have tried.


08/22/2006, 04:01 PM
reds are more snail friendly where they only attack the snail for shell which you can supply a few bigger shell to keep that from happening. Blue tends to attack snail even if they don't want the shell. I have both but all my blue has been sent to the refudge while the red are enjoying their stay in the main tank.

08/22/2006, 05:09 PM
I've had good luck with "sea of cortez" hermits.


they stay slightly smaller than scarlets and well, I like their shells better. =D

08/22/2006, 05:20 PM
I like both the reds and the blues - but my blues "are" more aggrressive. However, I've had the BEST luck with snails for hair algae control. Every now and then I get a hair algae outbreak on a rock - I just set 5 to 10 snails on the rock and they clean it all off in about a day. Works every time for me!