porcelain crab

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  1. B2048

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    Hi all

    Does anyone have any experience with Porcelain crabs? It is a hitchhiker on my live rock and I saw it for the first time last night - my tank has had the live rock in it for two months now. I have some dwarf zebra hermit crabs in my tank now. Not sure how safe they are together.

    Can't get a picture of it to show you - but it has the filter fans at the end of it's foremost legs and appears to be a purple colour. Very evasive crab.

    thanks!

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  3. LuckyFish

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    Most interesting creature to have. Lives usually in an anemone. Others have to pay for this beauty. Google it for more information.
     
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    He's right man, theyre about R60 and really cool to have, very elusive though but cool to watch, hes a filter feeder so is very reef safe
     
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    They are super cool to watch & are reef safe as I have 2 of these guys & they don't even bother each other on the same nennie, just waving to one another all day long. Enjoy the little bugger.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys :D I guess that means he will be staying!

    I certainly hope he becomes more visible over time.

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    If you would live in Cape Town, I would come around and catch this evil creature for you, to save your life stock and take it with me. LOL
    I'm wondering if anybody knows, if a porcellain crab adapts another host, like mushrooms or something. Anyone?
     
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    do they compete with a clown fish for the same nennie?
     
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    Size is important as always. ;-)
    If nennie and crab are to small, then the clowns will chase the crab down to the foot of the nennie. But a porcellain crab in a small carpet nennie is just perfect.
     
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    porcelain crab and clown will fight and crab is very tenacious. may also host in frogspawn and happer coral
     
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    Mine hosted the same pulsing xenia as my clownfish. Was a lovely beast to watch, very sad to lose him :-(
     
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    LOL. You'd be more than welcome to it :D

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    Mine has hosted in a few corals:

    pincushion
    bubble coral
    birds nest

    and sinularia (which he stayed in for the longest)

    They are really cool guys to have - you were really lucky to have scored it as a hitch hiker
     
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    That is exactely what I wanted to hear. I don't want to keep a nennie, but I have got a nice big sinularia. Will give it a try.
    Thanks
     
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    That's cool! I'm thinking of getting a bubble coral as my first coral - so it would be interesting to see if it hosts this rather elusive porcelain crab.

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    Sure man,

    My question is:

    Can I keep a whole bunch of them (say 4 + )?
     
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    Two pairs in two different hosts. The same sex doesn't get along in the same host.
     
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    cool, thanks luckyfish
     
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