View Full Version : Sally Lightfoot Crab

08/19/2009, 03:49 AM
Yesterday I purchased a Peppermint Shrimp to help deal with aiptasia and it seemed to be doing fine until I awoke in the middle of the nighe to go to the bathroom and checked my tank and found that my Sally Lightfoot Crab chewing on my brand new Peppermint Shrimp!!! The Shrimp had not been dying as it was walking around actively all day. I have read that they are typically not agressive Has anyone ever had this problem with a Sally?

Mopar Reefer
08/19/2009, 05:48 AM
I don't have any pepermint shrimp but I do have a SLF crab with 2 skunk(cleaner) shrimp and my SLF has never shown aggression towards any of my tank mates. Could be hit or miss?

08/19/2009, 06:49 AM
Never had a Sally Lightfoot, but I've seen large ones crawling around on the rocks down in the Florida Keys. I can't imagine a crab that grows up to about a 10 inch + leg span being a good addition to a 22 gallon aquarium (or any reef aquarium for that matter).

Sugar Magnolia
08/19/2009, 07:39 AM
Sally's can be very aggresive. They can and will catch and eat other tank inhabitants.

08/19/2009, 08:26 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15555276#post15555276 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Sugar Magnolia
Sally's can be very aggresive. They can and will catch and eat other tank inhabitants.


08/19/2009, 08:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15555556#post15555556 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by spw4949

Aww man I really liked him to. It came with snails and such for a good deal from my lfs. I guess I will have to find him a new home then and get something else. Thanks guys!

08/19/2009, 09:17 AM
all sallys will sooner or later catch everything that they can get. mopar, once he gets big enough he will definitely eat your shrimp. they are pests and idk why they where ever introduced to the reef world. only thing they are good for is mantis food.

08/19/2009, 11:00 AM
mine was great....until he ate half a $50 clam in one night. To the sump with them!!

08/19/2009, 11:52 AM
Ive had a sally for 4 years never touched a thing. Great algae cleaner for sure!