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Old 11-21-2011, 04:16 PM   #11
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And your research told you it's OK to get 1?
Critter of the Week: Limulus polyphemus (Horseshoe Crab)
"Horseshoe crabs should only be kept in large (several hundred gallon) mature systems. Best case scenario would be something like a biotope, mimicking the crab’s natural environment of mudflats or sandbeds with sea grasses and sp**** rock. Each crab needs a minimum of 10+ square feet of open (mature) sandbed, at a minimum depth of 6”. Not suited to reef tanks because of the crab’s need for cooler water (68 – 79 degrees), open sand areas, and their tendency to knock things about. In addition, they have an unfortunate tendency to get wedged into the rockwork/aquascapes so popular in reef tanks."
We're not planning on keeping it for it's entire lifetime. It's about 2" now, when it gets to the point to where it's too large for the tank, which will take several years, we'll be donating it. After a lot of research I decided against them. My mom purchased it, I told her no but the sales guy convinced her. I've done enough to take care of it while we have it.

Not trying to backpeddle or anything haha

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:53 PM   #12
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Great decision not getting. And good luck with your new one! I hade one that got killed by a calm......... great little critters, but shouldnt be sold.

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