Poll: Favorite Crab

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Jan 24, 2018.

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  1. Hermits

    125 vote(s)
    26.4%
  2. Emeralds

    114 vote(s)
    24.1%
  3. Porcelain

    56 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. Arrow

    10 vote(s)
    2.1%
  5. Horseshoe

    4 vote(s)
    0.8%
  6. Pom Pom

    50 vote(s)
    10.6%
  7. Sally Lightfoot

    9 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. None

    62 vote(s)
    13.1%
  9. Acro Crabs (SPS crabs)

    43 vote(s)
    9.1%
  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Sticking with the clean-up theme, we discussed shrimp on Monday and snails yesterday, let's see what your favorite crab is today. Far too many to list individually, so I've categorized them. Please discuss your reasons and particular favorite within the species.
     
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  2. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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  3. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    OTHER: Acro Crabs (SPS crabs)

    They protect the corals, they may fight off pests to a degree, they're amazing looking, they don't cause havoc or get big enough to opportunistically eat a small fish.. Lots to like!
     
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  4. Gareth elliott

    Gareth elliott Read, Tinker, Fail, Learn R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    Is there a trustworthy online supplier you use? I had looked at adding pocilopora crabs, but also read that can be hard to differentiate between good or bad crabs. And live aquaria lists acro/poci crabs together but then other sites say they are coral species specific?
     
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    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Live Aquaria differentiate them, unless something has changed recently.

    otherwise, find a shop that gets wild pieces and will allow you to help remove them (they'd probably have to know you very well)
     
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    Smite Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    That's the first one I looked for. Decent color variety as well. If you have a nice sized colony with compact growth they'll thrive. Cool to see the claws pop out from branches during feeding time. Seem fragile and easily picked off by the wrong wrasse/fish.
     
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  7. Heliarc19

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    Arrow for sure, based on 90% looks 10% other lol. I have just alway been intrigued by them
     
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    Dsnakes Knight Reefer R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018 Build Thread Contributor

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    I have only had emeralds and hermits, but I enjoy the look of porcelain crabs. I have always wanted one. I'm about done with my hermits though :mad:
     
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    saltyhog Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018

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    Other, Alaskan King crabs....with melted butter.:D
     
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    cracker Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I don't trust crabs . Maybe a little blue leg hermit but that's it ! I did once have a tiny porcelain crab as a hitchhiker. Very cool.
     
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    I love porcelain crabs, unfortunately they can be opportunistic as well, and have been known (albeit uncommon) to take fish.

    The only crab i trust are the tiny acro crabs that max out under an inch and couldn't take any fish! lol.

    They're so cool, i'm enamored by the suckers. My corals aren't big enough for them yet, I keep fragging things for friends :( haha
     
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    Sally lightfoots are my favorite simply because of how they act. They are also pretty big which is cool and they have a very aggressive feeding response which make them fun to feed.
     
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    Emerald crab because I have two that eat cyanobacteria :)
     
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  14. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Partner Member 2018 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Okay...I added this one...probably should have been included originally. Go change your vote @Rakie

    Although I agree, they're not making the cut this time...lol.
     
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    XNavyDiver Insightful answer loading... please wait. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    It's so weird that this thread popped up when it did. I JUST spotted one in my garf bonsai colony. I will try to get a pic when I get home from work, but this is exactly what it looks like:
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    No crabs, I don't trust them. I prefer snails:D They are fun to watch though, in my wife's tank ;)
     
  17. LovesDogs_CatsRokay

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    We love our porcelain crab, he's mostly white and we call him the Night King (from Game of Thrones), lol. Its so entertaining watching him hold his arms up in the air to filter the water.
     
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    I voted porcelain but for me acro crabs are probably my favorite as well. 3rd is definitely strawberry crab
     
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  19. Bouncingsoul39

    Bouncingsoul39 Well-Known Member

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    For CUC, this is my favorite crab, the Halloween Hermit. For just the cool factor alone, I think Arrow crabs are really neat.
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    One of my favorites -- A very simple pattern but a beauty in it's simplicity. The speckled ones are nice too, but that one is a personal fav.

    I could maybe do like... One hermit. Just to have one. But he'd eat all my small snails so, no pinchy pets in the sand box
     
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