Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-23-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Fort lauderdale, FL
Posts: 102
sand sifting horseshoe crab, yay or nay?

read a bit, and i think its suggested not to purchase any sand sifting animals. That they will shift the sand arround, and your sand wont be live anymore? I could have it totally wrong, but just wanted to see what you guys thoght. Would it be ok to purchase one? If not, thats cool too, Just tryin to get your guys advice.

THanks in advance.

Jay D
__________________

__________________
bawla47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2005, 07:46 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: chestermere canada eh
Posts: 429
they will eat off alot of critters living in your sand you will probably only see it once a week and they need a lot of sand room and they get big so have a big tank for it

but other than that they are cool to have and if you want one just take some steps to make its life long and happy
__________________

__________________
i have crabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2005, 07:48 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Posts: 819
You definitely WANT something that will sift the sand around. They'll eat up a lot of the leftover food, clean up deterius, and promote oxygen exchange. Not to mention the fact that it's cool as heck to watch.

What makes sand "live" are the worms and animals that live in the sand, and the bacteria that forms as the tank matures. In an ocean, are there things that stir the sand around? Yes. I have a brittle star and a nassarius snail and they're cool to watch. Just make sure that your tank is mature (old/established) enough so that they have natural food to eat. They may starve a little if the tank is fresh & has no established bacteria for them to feed on.

HTH
__________________
~~Rob
RLG2182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2005, 08:10 PM   #4
JG
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 727
They get huge ( 20 inches ) !!

I've read that they lead rather short in tank lives due to starvation as they deplete the tank of goodies.
__________________
You know you are a true fish-o-holic if you can field strip any powerhead on the market.
JG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2005, 08:47 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
Not a good idea....... like the others have said get big. I had someone give me one and you ahve to feed them on a regular basis because they are scavengers and eating pods is going to cut it for these things. It died even with me feeding it all the time. You would need a very large tank if you wanted to try and keep it long term
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2005, 09:43 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
This is not an animal sutible for the home aquarium. They get very large and will devistate the fauna in a LS bed. Besides that, they can be very destructive in an aquarium by toppling rockwork. I would not get one.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2005, 12:17 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Fort lauderdale, FL
Posts: 102
thanks guys, had a feeling it was a no go. I decided not to get one b4 yall replys. but good thing it backed it up!

for my 55 gallon i bought instead-

3 emerald crabs
2 pepermint shrimps
10 blue leg hermits
15- astreas snails


thanks for all the replys!
__________________
55 gallon Reef now woohoo, slowly but surely
Hurricane 150 wet/dry,AquaC Urchin skimmer, 50 lbs LR, 10 lbs in sump, Odyssea 260 Watts CF

1 Blue tail Damsel(sad that he's goin back too )
1 TR Percula Clown
1 Cleaner shrimp
2 Peppermint shrimps
2 Emerald crabs(3rd went back to LFS)
10 blue legged hermits
15 astrea snails
bawla47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2005, 02:51 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Posts: 819


Now that I read the topic... I thought you meant sand sifting creatures in general. No... the horseshoe crab in particular is just a bad idea. Good choice on the clean up crew you got though!
__________________
~~Rob
RLG2182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2005, 09:48 AM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Check out the nassarius vibex snail. They stay in the sand.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2005, 11:07 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Looks like a great start to a cleanup crew.
__________________

__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
crab, sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue Crab? Sand Sifting? TheChad Saltwater & Reef - Identification 28 05-29-2008 02:14 PM
Horseshoe Crab revhtree Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 04-26-2004 09:38 AM
Serpae Tetras. Yay or Nay? Endgame319 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 01-14-2004 05:34 PM
Yay Aquatexture, nay aquatropics Electrobes Southern States 2 10-15-2003 08:27 PM
Did the hermit crab eat the horseshoe crab? tigger Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 10-07-2003 01:07 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.