Porcelain crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) or (Petrolisthes galathinus), compatability

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  1. 2balive

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    I love to watch the invertebrates in my tank, and are considering adding a porcelain crab to the mix. Love their looks and the fact that it is labeled as "reef save".

    However, I deeply mistrus crabs in general and are very protective regarding the zoo-planton in my tank.

    Got four worries about adding a porcelain crab:

    1- Will it eat the pods and worms my substrate and LR?

    2- Will it harm my current invertebrates? I have a pop-pop crab and two sexy shrimps.

    3- Will it harm my fish or corals? I have lot of very small gobies and fish that live inside my rock.

    4- I may have a hitchhiker crab (think Chlorodiella crispipleopa) and a candy stripe pistol shrimp in the tank. Have not seen any of them for months now. Could it harm the porcelain crab?

    I don't have an anemone in my tank, thinking about adding bubble tip later this year.

    Lastly, are there different species and what is the correct scientific name for them?
     
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  3. Dane

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    Porcelain Crab is a generic, common name, and there are several species, so the scientific name would depend on the species that you have. In our trade we typically refer to species in the Neopetrolisthes genus as porcelain crabs, although the family Porcellanidae contains many many more morphologically very diverse geni and species.
     
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    I must say, that this has been one of my absolute favourite inverts I've ever had the pleasure of keeping. Beautiful, interesting and quirky to watch.
     
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    Is there any specific good, bad or better specie to keep?

    Are the identifiable?
     
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    The porcelain crab that is white with redish freckles is coolhere is pic of mine

    [​IMG]
     
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    I found mine to be peacful never bothered anything, although the hitch hiker crab may bother him.
    They are filter feeders so they won't eat your worms and pods.
    I had 2 and the one took to the anemone but both of them eventually fell prey to my hawk fish, I think its alright to have them without an anemone as long as theres nothing that can eat it.
     
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    Oh you chop! A hawkfish will chomp any small invertibrates.: lol:
     
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    Thanks, any idea who stocks them in Cpt? Only seen then once at Elite.
     
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    @Len I've see quite a few at Perky from time to time, dont think they have at the moment but chat to David and he will order for you.
     
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    They come in intermittently, seen them at sams, perky and elite. Ring them and ask them to put you on a list.
     
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    Make sure you feed planctonic food like zoo/phytoplancton as they use they webs to trap plancton and dont eat anything else.
     
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    Not necessarily true i watch mine catch flake food(i take a pinch and put my two fingers just below water surface and rub fingers gently together). the porcelain and pom pom crabs love flake.
     
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    Thanks.

    Either way, I feed zoo/phytoplanton 2 to 3 times a week and frozen food daily. Their should be enough for it in my tank.
     
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    @Len, I saw at least one on Saturday morning at Panorama Pet Shop.
     
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    Hi All,

    Anyone know where i can get percelain crabs in Durban

    Thanks
     
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