I love sharing posts about our aquarium and new inhabitants. I find sea creatures fascinating. I hope you do too. It was so relaxing to watch them swim around the tank. Every time I need to relax, I just stand and look at the tank and watch them in action and I feel forget about being anxious.
Today I want to share our newest addition to our 95-gallon saltwater tank. We have had three hermit crabs over the years. The first one was named Conin because of the way he went through the tank like the Destroyer! He cleaned everything so fast that if you blinked you would have missed him as he lifted up the sand and sifted through it.
The second crab we had was Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. He is the famous one with a book named after him. Many children know of Clarence Henry and his reputation to do his job of cleaning the tank even if he had one less leg and one less claw – for having less appendages there is no law. I wanted to keep Clarence’s memory alive for all to enjoy. He was quite a character. I hope you will check him out for your young children.
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Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world? Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank. He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells. We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.
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This year we were in dire need of a new cleaner since the previous two are no longer with us, sad to say. We only have one crab in the tank at a time. That is all that is needed. They are efficient cleaners and go right to their job with a determination to complete it without fail.
Here is our newest crab, Sebas Jr., named by my youngest grandson after Sebastian the crab in the Nemo movies. My grandson’s name is also Sebastian. But that is just a coincidence he said and didn’t influence his choice of names. Ha! He is so precious!
Well, Sebas Jr. is doing a wonderful job. It didn’t take him long to get acclimated to his new home and right down to the cleaning. We had a lot of black and green algae in the tank. He has since cleaned out the bottom completely. Now he is working on the back glass of the tank. He had to climb up the live rocks in order to do this task. What an adventurous and fearless fellow he is!
Here are some photos I snapped of him doing his job.
Here are some of the fish in the tank with Sebas Jr. No one bothered the hermit crab so far. He can protect himself with his shell and claws if need be. He came to us in a small shell. After my husband provided him with two choices for a new home, he picked the biggest shell above. He is still small but the way he is eating, he will grow much bigger in no time. I will keep snapping photos and share his growth here in another post.
I promise to update you on his progress in the tank and how he is getting along with his fellow inhabitants. They are curious about him but that is all so far.
If you would like to learn more about hermit crabs, check out my book above on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There is plenty of information and photos of Clarence Henry in motion in the back of the book. I hope you enjoy it along with your children. This book is an excellent addition to your children’s science library at home and at school.
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How cool! I have a friend who had a variety of freshwater tanks in his home. I was endlessly fascinated by all the different life he cared for so lovingly. I was most intrigued by the tank of phiranah,
Wow, piranha! Yikes, not safe cleaning that tank! 😱😳💕
AWe, he is very sweet and efficient. We had a hermit crab in our saltwater tank many years ago too. I know what you mean about the tank having a calming effect.
He’s doing a commendable job ! 💕
Welcome to the tank, Sebas Jr!
I love hearing about your fish and other aquatic tank residents, so thanks for sharing all about them.
You’re welcome, Tori! Happy to share! We recently bought a crayfish smaller than our Jerry the Crabby Crayfish but he died after a week. So sad! 🥲 He was beautiful! Sebas Jr might have had a fight with our black spiny sea urchin. 🥺 Saw a lot of broken spines on the bottom and no sign of the urchin. I’ll let you know if he appears. 💕
Sorry about the crayfish, and hope the sea urchin is OK.
Thank You, Tori! He was beautiful! Sad! 🥲🥺 No sign yet of the sea urchin. Not usual though because he hides out behind the live rocks. Hope he is there. I’ll let you know if I see him. 🤗
You are going to have to supply him with a bigger shell as he/she grows.
We gave him two already and he picked the bigger one. We have shells from our former crabs that he can grow into. 🦀💕