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Old 10-27-2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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I violated my own rule ... Arrow Crab?

Yes, I succumbed to "ooh that's cool, gotta have it!"

I now have an Arrow Crab in my reef tank, and have since been reading about them eating small fish, small shrimp and picking at corals etc.

2 False Percs (1.5 and 2 inches)
1 Orchid Dottyback (2 inches)
2 Peppermint Shrimp (1.5 and 2 inches)
1 Scarlet Fire Shrimp (2 inches)
Various Corals.

So...should the Arrow Crab return to the LFS?
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"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:30 PM   #2
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You could watch it and see, but then it might be too late once he eats some good ole, finger lickin shrimp, or tasty coral.

If it were me, I would take him back. We put to much money into corals, and Live stock to let something eat them.
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:37 PM   #3
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I had one in the beginning. Saw him trying to pcik up a cucumber. Freaked me out a little then. The following week, he had a electric blue hermit crab muching out. OK, maybe he found a dead one. The NEXT day, he was munching on a cleaner shrimp.

Back to the shop he went. Good luck!

Hey Rev. That a new title I see next to your name??? Congrats! Couldn't have happened to a better guy!
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Old 10-27-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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Every time I go diving or snorkeling here in Panama City I have to resist taking these guys (among others) right off the rocks on the bottom of the gulf. They can work in a reef, but like all crabs, they are opportunistic at best. If it can catch a slow moving fish, it will.
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Old 10-27-2004, 03:39 PM   #5
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He's back at the LFS.

I shall not violate my own rule again.
I shall not violate my own rule again.
I shall not violate my own rule again.
I shall not violate my own rule again.
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(2) False Percs
(1) Orchid Dottyback
(1) Lawnmower Blenny
(1) Flame Angel
(1) Spotted Mandarin
(1) Red Brittle Star
(1) Banded Serpent Star

"But then again, fish do tend to eat one another. I often wonder ... if fish get awfully tired of seafood? What are your thoughts Hobson?"
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Hah! Good luck! It's got to be the easiest rule to break (or is that shatter?).
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Yea, Congrats, Rev. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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how big do they get?

i just saw some at my lfs and they are small and awesome!
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Old 10-29-2004, 08:03 AM   #9
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W/the total wingspan considered, I've seen'm in the LFS about 3" tall and maybe 4" wide - just standing.
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oh.... i guess they wouldnt do good in a 10
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