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Old 08-24-2003, 07:31 PM   #1
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crab questions

my 10 gal nano reef has been cycling for over two months now. In the excitment I went right out and purchased some livestock with only a small amount of research on these things. I purchased a emerald crab, 8 small blue leg hermit crabs, green star polyp, and yellow polyp.

my question is will the emerald crab live in such a small reef?

I saw him pick at some red algea very close to the yellow polyps, will he eat all the red algea before it can be established?

the last question I feel alittle silly for asking but do I need to supply larger shells for the hermits when they get bigger?
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I have two emerald crabs in a 7 gal. They mow down all the algae nicely. They climb all over the coral, but never seem to damage it.
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Old 08-24-2003, 07:38 PM   #3
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Yes, hermit crabs like to find bigger shells.
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Old 08-25-2003, 03:27 AM   #4
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thanks, but where do you buy extra shells? can you go to a crafts store and expect the crabs to move into any random shaped larger shell?
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Usually your LFS has them. I would hesitate on craft store ones because they might, key word might, treat them or glaze them somehow.
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I asked my LFS if they gave any away and the guy gave me a handfull of about 20 or so. I think if i asked him if they sold any, he would have made up some sort of price for em!
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