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Opinions on Arrow crabs?


albertareef
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Hey all,

 

I am wondering if there is any consensus opinion here on the suitability of arrow crabs in a reef tank. I have heard conflicting things elsewhere but trust the folk on here above other sources so what do you think? My wife really likes these guys but I have a mixed reef with SPS and LPS so not sure it's a good idea.

 

Thanks in advance!

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I have heard more bad than good about them as far as eating polyps, featherdusters, small fish, and even other Arrow Crabs. I have seen them tearing into polyps while managing LFS over the years. I would not want one in my tank! Maybe set up a specialized Caribbean Arrow Crab tank w/medium sized fish & inverts, such as Condy Anemones. Add a few Macroalgae and you would have a nice biotope exhibit.

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Thanks for the feedback - sounds pretty definitive from a trustworthy source!

 

I have heard more bad than good about them as far as eating polyps' date=' featherdusters, small fish, and even other Arrow Crabs. I have seen them tearing into polyps while managing LFS over the years. I would not want one in my tank![/quote']
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Nice idea but don't tell my wife - that would put a big dent in my coral budget :D

 

Maybe set up a specialized Caribbean Arrow Crab tank w/medium sized fish & inverts' date=' such as Condy Anemones. Add a few Macroalgae and you would have a nice biotope exhibit.[/quote']
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