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- Feb 19, 2023
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- Vancouver, BC
I saw these things on Blue Zoo(Arctides regalis) and instantly got hooked. However, I am not certain whether they are reef compatible or the depth of substrate they will require, from the limited information I can find. They seem to be similar in care to most other generalist crustaceans, but they grow up to 20something cm long. I guess I have a few specific questions to ask because there isn't a lot of resources on keeping these guys.
- Do these animals eat corals and other inverts directly?
- Will they plow over corals and rocks, and will it still happen if said corals and rocks are cemented in place? I am prepared to use however much cement I need to make my tank lobster - safe.
- Are they territorial or predatory? I've seen other lobster species being territorial, no clue about the slippies.
- Are they prone to escape?
- Do they require the same alkalinity as corals?
- Are there any other quirks in their behaviour or anatomy that I need to be aware of? Are they toxic? Do they like to climb?
My aquarium for reference. 80 gallons total, a lot of scattered small rocks but mostly big chonkers. Planning to glue them together today or tomorrow. I'm planning to add more fish and soft corals later, but rn it's only got a few leathers, a damsel, and some anemones. Any help would be greatly apperciated. These animals are such goobers.