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Old 11-20-2005, 10:17 PM   #1
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Arrow Crab - I did the impulse thing!

After discussing the temperament of arrow crabs with the associate at my LFS, I decided to give one a try. They’re pretty cool looking, and the guy at the LFS assured me he would be kind to his tankmates, which includes the following

Blue damsel
Yellow damsel
Tomato Clown
Feather duster
Hermits
Serpent star
Snails

Now I’m doing what I normally do before making any livestock purchases (check out the forums and research online) and I'm getting the impression that this little bugger may not be such a good idea. Although I've seen him do nothing but pick at my LR and generally perform cleaning duties, I'm nervous. I want everything in my tank to be as docile as possible. I plan on adding a few corals and a cleaner shrimp in a few months.

Take him back?

Give him a chance to prove his worthiness?

Anyone with Arrow crab experience?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:27 PM   #2
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I dont have any experience... but I would give him a chance. Some Pygmy Angelfish nip at corals and some dont. Same goes with inverts some times. Hope this helps!
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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These are known coral munchers and not considered reef-safe. I would not irsk it once you get corals.
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Old 11-21-2005, 02:08 AM   #4
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I know for a fact they eat Xenia, and watch your snails and hermits
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Old 11-21-2005, 07:02 AM   #5
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OK all. I guess he goes back to Jail. I always chuckle to myself when I see people posting questions about issues that have come about from impulse buying, and here I did exactly that!

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:32 AM   #6
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I did the same thing and I know better also. I impulse bought a horseshoe crab this weekend and had to return him after checking it out here. The LFS I was at won't give refunds though so I blew $20. I had nowhere else for it to go so they got my money and their crab back(won't go back there though). I really need to start taking my laptop with me to the store to research before I buy anything.

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Old 11-21-2005, 11:44 AM   #7
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I believe it'll also cause harm to your featherduster. I've heard they'll snatch'm out of their tube.
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Arrow crabs are awsome but don't belong in reef systems.
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localhost. $20 for a horseshoe crab My LFS sells them for $3.50 I put one in my main to keep the sand stirred until I got everything running "smooth" He now lives in the refugium. Keeps the sand stirred really well.
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AAAARRG!!! I got home from work an hour ago... I found three or four feathers around my duster's tube, a sneaky lil arrow crab standing there trying to look innocent 8) and no sign of the worm! Actually, I think I can see him way down in the tube in a somewhat translucent area. I kinda buried him in the sand partially under a rock (after removing the lil thug of course). I hope he (she?) will be ok. I should have taken him out last night but I had nowhere to put him!

Off to the lfs to bring the arrow back. I called and found out they will give me store credit on livestock at the time I bring him back but no credit to use at a later time.

Any ideas for a new, docile scavenger type tank mate? No more crabs, my blue legged hermits are enough. Cleaner shrimp maybe?
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