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Old 10-04-2008, 11:17 PM   #1
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Cool Crabs......

I just bought 2 hermit crabs and an emerald crab i know the hermits need extra shells to grow into but does the emerald need more shells to grow into?
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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Nope. Emerald Crab will be fine on his own.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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oh ya one more thing i also bought a coral and right now its all squeezed in and how long does it normally take for it to open up
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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What kind did you buy?
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:35 PM   #5
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i believe it looks like this not sure what its name is though




it looks like that accept it has kinda a stem before the bloom and its that color









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Old 10-04-2008, 11:37 PM   #6
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Do you know the requirements for that coral? If not you shouldn't have purchased it.

It is a Sun Coral which isn't kept alive by light but by feeding daily with mysis. As far as it opening up what are your water parameters?
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Cool

i guess i dont know the "requirements" for that coral


the guy at the store dint tell me to do anything special to it



maybe thats not what it is idk it just kinda looks like that but if it is how do i keep it alive
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:46 PM   #8
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If it is a sun coral then it prefers to not be under direct light. Feed it at least weekly with mysis or brine shrimp. You will also notice it opening up at night when the lights are off.

Melevsreef.com - Suncoral

Check there for more info and see what others have done with theirs.
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ok lol im a newbie when it comes to fish tanks so...




#1 what is mysis


#2 when u say it doesnt like direct light should i ever have the lights on in the day?




and #3 when u sed feed it with brineshrimp isnt there a little bit of that mixed in with the marine cuisiune cause thats what i feed my fishies
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1. mysis is just another kind of small shrimp like brine but it has more nutrition to it
2. it is a non-photosynthetic coral which means it doesn't use light to produce energy. That doesn't mean it doesn't like light. They won't be bothered by you keeping your lights on during the day.
3. any kind of small meaty foods that will fit into the mouths of the polyp will be fine for food

If this is in your 14 you are going to want to be careful to watch your water parameters with all the feeding you will be doing to keep this coral going. They like to be feed once a week more if possible. I was feeding mine every day when i first got it to help it bounce back from being fragged. You can get a small dish of some kind and take the coral out with some water from the main tank and feed it in there so it doesn't leave so much left over food in the tank.

I don't mean to be rude but you really should try and resist buying things you don't know about. have the LFS put it on hold for you and go home and do a little research or ask questions here. People will be able to help you out and then you can go back and pick it up. It will save you a lot of head aches and probably a lot of money in the end.
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