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Old 02-16-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Are emerald crabs good for a tank?

Are emerald crabs good I've heard that they can eat things you don't want them too and are they worth the buy?

I also wanted to know about cleaner crews. I have a ninety gallon reef and would like to know what to get and how many
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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Emeralds always seem to die in a couple if months on me. They can be hard to keep.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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Mine didn't make it, my nitrates went nuts so I don't know that I can say they aren't hardy. He never bugged anything, and ate a TON of hair algae. Plus they are dirt cheap. I will give it another go eventually.
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ive had mine about a week so i cant comment on hardiness but he does leave everything alone, rarely seen.
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I had mine for a couple months before i tore down my tank. I love emerald crabs.
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i have kept them in many tanks. i notice that one of them becomes either male or female and gets large. this particular crab tends to kill the others. i have no idea why.
that said, i like to look at them. they don't hurt much as far as i've seen. picking at the rock mostly.
all crabs are opportunistic feeders and i wouldn't put anything past them though.
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I try to have a good cleaner crew but every snail I put in dies or flips over behind the rocks
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well, you don't need snails anyway. you have an algae scraper for the glass, right? better glass cleaner than any army of snails i have seen.
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I try to have a good cleaner crew but every snail I put in dies or flips over behind the rocks
are all your parameters good? any hermits?
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:37 PM   #10
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Ok but they just disappear does any one recommend a certain type
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