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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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saltwater corals

im trying to figure out what kind of corals i should put in my tank. something thats easy to maintain an looks cool. my tank setup is a 20gallon long with a marineland 56led hood, filters are 2 submersible filters 320gph with a canister filter 110gph thats filled with bio-balls then a homemade protein skimmer, i have about 24lbs live rock and a 2 1/2 in live sand bed. fish are clown fish,firefish goby,2x yellow tail damsels, scooter blenny,velvet damsel, bluefin damsel, an 5x blue legged hermits. i was thinking some mushrooms. let me know please
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Mushrooms
Zoas
Palys
Kenya Trees
Red Tip Tree Coral
Mushroom Finger Coral
Christmas Tree Coral
Blue Ridge Coral

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An none of the would be damaged by my crabs
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Re: saltwater corals

As long as your hermits aren't hungry, they will leave all corals alone.

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I dont think they r hungry they keep my tank pretty well clean
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An none of the would be damaged by my crabs
My crabs get into my corals but appear to just be looking for fish food that they've learned settles into the crevices. I've not had any corals damaged by my hermits or porcelain crabs. I'd love to get some mathrix crabs but I worry about my tiniest gobies getting ambushed in their sleep. Do you have mathrix crabs? Would you trust them with little bottom swelling fish?
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I would not recommend a Mithrax Crab to anyone, those dudes are dangerous to all involved.

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I heard mathric crabs get pretty big
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Re: saltwater corals

IMO all crabs including hermits are "pest" that any coral will not appreciate.Shrimp on the other hand seem to be able to walk across corals without the coral really noticing(which is suprising to me as I always feel their little spike like feet "seat" into my hand or arm when any of my 10 cleaners or 2 fire shrimp come to clean me when I'm cleaning for them).although most crabs don't really eat or want to bother corals they certainly interfere with the corals photo period as many corals will close up or draw back in when climbed on by crabs.
The one exception I have for crabs is porcelain crabs as they don't wander much and are filter feeders and don't really scavenge for food.They pick the best location and wait ,with feathered arms out for their food to come to them.I have 2 porcelain crabs in my 75 reef and when I see them I'm always glad I got them.All others(hermits.....)have been banished to the sump,never to be given another chance(they were really irratating,not just to me but to many of my corals).



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Just fyi I had problems with my emerald crab eating my zoas.I noticed some where missing and one night I caught her munching on them
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Hi I have a 10 gallon reef and its been up for about 5 months and recently after the tank matured I put in 2 frags of button polyps and 1 mushroom and all are doing well,one thing I ran into is my emerald crab ate alot of the heads o I had to get rid of her,

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