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Old 01-11-2005, 12:04 PM   #21
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Well, I have 4 coraline "machines" in the form of urchins and also 4 emerald crabs. My coraline is on the constant increase.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:10 PM   #22
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Gotcha..... well my coraline isn't doing so great so maybe I should listen to you...
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Old 01-12-2005, 01:54 AM   #23
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I wonder if the larger ones are just female..while the smaller are male...(or the other way 'round )
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:29 AM   #24
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I got a picture of both crabs together last night. I am posting here so you can see the difference. The one all the way on the left is a normal emerald the one on the left has grown like a mad man, but again..he seems like he a great asset to my tank.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:32 AM   #25
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Uhh, the pics did not show up :P
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I had to edit and edit to get my picture right. Sorry about that. I guess I didn't get enough coffee yet
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Old 01-13-2005, 11:56 AM   #27
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Working now... great pic.
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Old 01-13-2005, 12:55 PM   #28
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I have 3 small and 1 big. I got them all at the same from the same place. I've only seen them eat algae and clean up from feedings. I had 1 small one get kinda close to my toadstool but it looked like he was just eatting some of the shedded skin.

Is there any backing to the theory that its a male female thing?
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Old 01-13-2005, 03:42 PM   #29
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If the emerald is eating your coralline, this can actually be a good thing. Urchins do the same thing...but this actually aids in the spreading of the spore. Think of a bird eating a berry and then pooping the seed out a mile away. Same thing.
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I dont know much about the male/female theory, but they are definitely was different in size. I enjoy them alot though and don't see them as a problem.
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