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d2mini
05/11/2017, 08:03 AM
These guys are ALWAYS a treat for me.
The beautiful and entertaining Porcelain Crab. :)
I love watching them wave their arms, catching debris in their fans.

What's your favorite?


https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-G3jhdnr/0/89a27a8e/O/i-G3jhdnr.jpg

SalinFL
05/11/2017, 08:17 AM
Love them also! My new fav is a sally lightfoot crab. Creepy but intriguing.

Ambiturner006
05/11/2017, 09:02 AM
Porcelain crabs are my favorite too. I think I got over a dozen in a 15lb package. Ha.


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d2mini
05/11/2017, 01:43 PM
Love them also! My new fav is a sally lightfoot crab. Creepy but intriguing.

I know what you mean.
How about this guy? :eek2:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-JpqGJC3/0/514daf44/O/i-JpqGJC3.jpg

SalinFL
05/11/2017, 01:46 PM
What is that? Looks like something from Star Wars

robgonsailing
05/11/2017, 03:43 PM
Decorator crab... we call ours Megatron since we thought he looked like a Transformer.

d2mini
05/11/2017, 04:04 PM
I say... Alien. :D

Here's another one of those.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-5hkwQfP/0/1486fcd3/O/i-5hkwQfP.jpg

Ambiturner006
05/11/2017, 10:59 PM
I say... Alien. :D

Here's another one of those.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-5hkwQfP/0/1486fcd3/O/i-5hkwQfP.jpg


Do you keep yours in your main display?

d2mini
05/12/2017, 07:03 AM
Do you keep yours in your main display?

Depends. If they stick to sponges and that sort of thing they can stay. If they start walking off with jawbreaker mushrooms... that changes everything. lol

Ambiturner006
05/12/2017, 08:22 AM
Depends. If they stick to sponges and that sort of thing they can stay. If they start walking off with jawbreaker mushrooms... that changes everything. lol

Agreed!

Mine seems to like zoas, but only specific zoas. Either that or he just likes to clip in waves and I haven't picked up the pattern yet. But he'll go after just one zoa of the multiple types I have until that zoa is obliterated.

I was wondering if there was a way to trick them into going for something that I don't care about. Maybe sticking in some macro algae every now and then just for him or something.

smatter
05/12/2017, 01:32 PM
My red mithrax is super cool and a busy busy algae eater. I almost took him out with the forceps but only got a leg before I knew he was friendly.

d2mini
05/14/2017, 07:44 AM
My red mithrax is super cool and a busy busy algae eater. I almost took him out with the forceps but only got a leg before I knew he was friendly.

Yep, pretty cool. Always grazing on something. :)


https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-7z9GP2D/0/a3b6604d/O/i-7z9GP2D.jpg

smatter
05/14/2017, 12:25 PM
Great picture! I need a real camera.

Ambiturner006
05/14/2017, 01:56 PM
Ha. That looks just like my little guy. How big is he? Mine has molted twice in the past few weeks and I'm hoping he doesn't get too much bigger.


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smatter
05/14/2017, 03:02 PM
Mine has grown a lot too.

d2mini
05/15/2017, 09:23 AM
Ha. That looks just like my little guy. How big is he? Mine has molted twice in the past few weeks and I'm hoping he doesn't get too much bigger.


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He's one of the bigger ones. :)
The sponge is close to racquetball size.

Ambiturner006
05/15/2017, 01:51 PM
Do you guys feed your critters at all? Or just let them eat leftovers from feeding the fish?

smatter
05/15/2017, 02:04 PM
Mine get whatever they can when I feed. The mithrax does come right up to the pipette so I always give him a little shot. The porcelains go nuts when I stir up detritus of throw some Goniopower in. I had about three decorators but they all vanished.

d2mini
05/17/2017, 06:27 PM
These also top my list of favorite TBS hitchhikers. :)
Can you see the baby Basket Starfish?
Unfortunately they don't tend to last very long in our systems. :(

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-J8V5JnD/0/2e81a741/O/i-J8V5JnD.jpg

smatter
05/18/2017, 10:33 AM
Neat!

d2mini
05/19/2017, 11:26 AM
Took this vid just a few minutes ago.
Anyone else have one of these?
They're a hoot to watch. He's been in my office nano for a couple years. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ln9ivpKBHA

smatter
05/19/2017, 11:32 AM
A ton, but I rarely see them. The amount of sound they produce is crazy. I didn't get a single urchin in my latest batch of live Pukani which surprised me. All of my past orders had lots. Cool video!

Ambiturner006
05/19/2017, 05:39 PM
I have at least a handful. I have one that's bright yellow with an orange claw. I hear them pop occasionally but I've never been able to see it happen like that!


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Ambiturner006
05/21/2017, 01:45 PM
Do any of you dose iodine? I've noticed my decorator crabs really slowing down lately. My water parameters are great and I feed them pieces of silverside a couple times a week that they usually gobble up. I'm wondering if something else might be missing.

d2mini
06/01/2017, 03:08 PM
Do any of you dose iodine? I've noticed my decorator crabs really slowing down lately. My water parameters are great and I feed them pieces of silverside a couple times a week that they usually gobble up. I'm wondering if something else might be missing.

If needed but usually my iodine is within range.

liverock
06/03/2017, 06:50 AM
Do any of you dose iodine? I've noticed my decorator crabs really slowing down lately. My water parameters are great and I feed them pieces of silverside a couple times a week that they usually gobble up. I'm wondering if something else might be missing.

Feed some raw shrimp.....natural iodine....:spin3:

smatter
06/03/2017, 08:31 AM
Or nori.

saf1
06/17/2017, 08:07 PM
D2 - just saw this while reading a bit. I see that you created Your Favorite TBS Critters thread. Guess what I just noticed...you left your little buddy the toad fish you banished to the sump!!!!

:) Come on, he was cool.