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Sea Life & Aquarium Substrates

Sea life from the Northern Atlantic Ocean. 50 degree F salt water species. Gulf of Maine Inc. supplies sea life, beach plants, and aquarium substrates from Maine, collected by hand.

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Snail Fur (Hydractinia echinata)

Snail Fur (Hydractinia echinata)

from 25.00

Common name:  snail fur

Scientific name:  Hydractinia echinata

Locations:  found on dead snail shells inhabited by live hermit crabs

Seasonality: available spring - summer

Colors:  pinkish

Size:  hydroids are 1/4" - 1/2"

Collected:  by hand on hermit crabs

Quantity:  sold by each colony on live hermit crab

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Tidepool Tim says,  “Of all the hermit crabs (Pagarus spp.) we catch over the course of a year about 1 in 50 will have a dense pinkish colony of these hydroids covering their shells. We have not noticed any particular collecting area that has a higher incidence of them. Once in our holding tanks - it does not seem to spread to other hermits either. These hydroids are very small and not very noticeable other than the pink sheen they put on the shell. Fun to add a moving sideshow to your aquarium. We sometimes do see hermits with a good coating of obelia hydroids as well.”