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matt888
08/18/2016, 01:03 PM
you don't have spider crab zoas! This is pretty darn cool... a walking blue zoa colony. :)

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu285/matt888_photo/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpg

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu285/matt888_photo/Mobile%20Uploads/image_7.jpg

matt888
08/18/2016, 01:17 PM
No, I didn't glue them on. These guys are masters of camouflage and use stuff in their environment to blend in!

BkSlayer
08/26/2016, 09:31 PM
Pretty interesting :), does he generally cause damage to other things?

SeaCucumberFan
08/26/2016, 10:24 PM
This is one of the reasons I love decorator crabs. Wish I could have one. Maybe after my next cuke. What other things do they carry around?

650-IS350
08/29/2016, 10:40 AM
Had 2 of them before, cool creatures but the second I caught them swiping at fish swimming by. They were soon out of the tank.

matt888
08/29/2016, 12:47 PM
This guy is slightly bigger than a dime... no threat to anything else in the tank but cyano. Yes, cyano. Couldn't believe he was actually eating some from a small patch in the tank.

I'm sure there's a wide variety of subspecies within the spider crab group, but these are the small ones that can be found in the shallow reefs in the Keys. I've pretty much nailed down how to get them to use zoas, so if you're interested in one, shoot me a PM. They are unique!

SeaCucumberFan
08/29/2016, 07:13 PM
Can you tell the technique to force them to use something? I want one to use my ricordeas as cover.

matt888
08/30/2016, 07:33 AM
Can you tell the technique to force them to use something? I want one to use my ricordeas as cover.

They attach small pieces of rock, sand, algae, etc. to themselves. A Ricordea may not work, unless it is a small piece. They will readily use small objects when pulled from their natural envirnoment and placed in a quarantine area...

SeaCucumberFan
08/31/2016, 02:49 AM
Man I don't have a QT :( will a sump/bucket work?

matt888
09/01/2016, 04:24 PM
Man I don't have a QT :( will a sump/bucket work?

Yep, that will work with some aeration.

CLR
09/01/2016, 11:37 PM
Lol I had to get rid of mine for the same reason, always ran with the zoas .

SeaCucumberFan
09/04/2016, 07:28 PM
Will decorator crabs predate fish?

A. Grandis
09/06/2016, 10:29 PM
Many good size crabs will wonder after fish, specially at night.
Many shrimps too.

Grandis.