Yeah, there's about a dozen hermit crabs and tiny snails too. I saw the bag and thought, "oh cool, he sent hermits and snails too"... and then I saw a tiny pink wad of goo... hah! He said the "head" was dime-sized, but it's closer to a peanut. About the same size as Einy was when I got him.
Thanks! I don't know if I can handle another "here today, gone tomorrow" animal.
I came home with the package and found my tank was full of green caulerpa soup. Perfect timing, huh? Soooo I filled the critter keeper with new saltwater and a tiny bit of tank water and about 10lbs of live rock and a bubbler for circulation, floating it in my tank until I can do a massive water change, tonight or tomorrow. The skimmer is running overtime. About 6 hours later now and the baby seems fine. Has itself squished between a rock and the plastic wall. Glad it chose a hiding place where I can still see it. Seriously, it looks like a wad of chewing gum! I still can't believe how small it is!
Damn the caulerpa! I just pruned a bunch out of it so this wouldn't happen! Prime example of why caulerpa should be boycotted.
He said he had another one with a "2-inch head" but he would have to use another box, more shipping cost, etc (we ordered a bunch of gorgonias too). So I went with the smallest one he had... that's what I got! I'm kinda scared! I had to go back to work after I was done acclimating it so I've been very anxious to get back home.
Well, it was in the bag for less than 24 hours, about 15 hours total. And considering the ratio of his size to the amount of water in the bag I don't think it was an issue.
Well, she had been resting on the bottom of the critter keeper under a rock last night when I went to bed but no sign of Kalypso this morning. I'm sure she's hiding in the rocks somewhere... unless she managed to climb out of the critter keeper into the tank! In which case it will probably be a while before I find her again but there is a ton of snails, pods, and hermits.
Nothing too phenomenal to report so far for Kalypso. Before I went to bed last night she was munching down on a hermit, and still sitting in the same spot when I got up. I laid back down for a little while (gotta take advantage of my days off when I can!) and when I got up she had disappeared. I turned the lights out at 6 this evening, and by 6:30 she was hanging out under a rock, feeling around in holes so I dropped another hermit in close to her and she grabbed it and held on to it for a while. A little later she had let go of it and it was crawling away so to my surprise she didn't eat it. I thawed out a piece of sand eel, stuck it on a skewer, and offered it. She gladly accepted it but apparently she doesn't think they taste very good. I'm going to try and remember to bring my krill home from work and offer a piece of that tomorrow night. Otherwise she still has plenty of hermits and snails, and an emerald crab I can throw in if she gets too picky.
I'll try to get something on video but right now I'm viewing with red light only. She doesn't seem to react when we turn on the light in the room so I'm happy about that.
As of right now she's in another spot under the rock, and all I can see is her tiny eyeballs poking out around an edge.
I have successfully gotten Kalypso to accept pieces of frozen shrimp from the end of a stick. I have been adding larger hermit crabs every couple of days and the larger ones seem to be preferred as there are still many of the tiny hermits that were sent along with Kalypso. Last night was my best view of her in several days, but she stays at the bottom of the keeper, in between the rocks where it's hard to see her.