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Old 07-13-2004, 11:08 PM   #11
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I bought an emerald crab and it has not touched the bubble algae. It has not touched the shrooms or polyps either though......Now that I think of it I'm not sure what it is eating..
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Old 07-15-2004, 08:54 PM   #12
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I had 3 emeralds in my 125 and when I had BA they never ate it. I removed them by hand.
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One of my rocks had bubble algae covering it - and I was tempted to try and remove it (although I thought it was pretty at the same time), but I just left it alone. Currently the rock is completely free from the algae ... :|
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Was in a LFS the other day and saw an emerald crab in a tank nipping the ends off of a rock flower anemone. Again and again. Didn't know they'd do that! What crabs aren't evil... (other than a dead one!)
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What crabs aren't evil... (other than a dead one!)
one thats fed. In most cases, animals have a "preferred food" and will eat that whenever it's available. if it's not available, it still wants to survive and will take whatever it can get. If your crabs have enough of its preferred food it will leave your other critters alone.

In regards to the bubble algae; I like them! 8O I've only pulled out a few that have gotten extremely large (3-4 inches in diameter) but have left the rest alone and I do not have a problem with them in my tank (as in i don't have very many). My 55 has probably.. 3 or 4 that might be around 1" and maybe a dozen or so less than 1/2" (which is hardly noticeable) If you're going to remove them then the sooner the better. Their skin is quite firm, but the larger they get the thinner their skin becomes. Simply grab hold of them and twist slightly while wiggling them back and forth until their root lets go of the rock.
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Interesting. My experience is the opposite. The small ones break easier in my tank, but the large ones are tough and can be easily removed.

I have also been fighting a losing battle with the stuff. I just remove some every week. Hopefully one day it'll be gone.
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