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Old 01-24-2005, 10:16 PM   #1
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Porcelain Crabs

I know porcelain crabs are generally OK in a reef tank. I'm just wondering if you can have too many? 'Cause I have a lot! I must have 15 to 20 that are easy to spot and I think they are reproducing. It seems like every other day I find a new tiny one (barely bigger than sesame seed!). Is it possible for them to reproduce one or two at a time? I would think I'd see a ton of eggs followed by a bunch of little ones.

Just curious as to whether too many could be a problem and if they really are reproducing.


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Old 01-24-2005, 10:35 PM   #2
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never heard of this happening ur right to assume they are reef safe, since they are filter feeder, but WOW u have a lot. I cant see them hurtung anything unless they were to all die off at once or something.

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Old 01-24-2005, 11:45 PM   #3
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I have had 2 for almost a year. Never seen any signs of reproduction. As long as they filter feed(wave the fans ) you should be ok.
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If you want to give some away, I have some space in my tank. My other one could use some company!
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:55 PM   #5
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Wow, thats a ton! 8O
Keep them fed. They may be a mellow species, but they are still well equiped crabs.
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