.::AquariumPros.ca::. - Powered by vBulletin
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Sea MunnKey's Avatar
    Sea MunnKey is offline Registered User

    Has child with the middle name Acropora
    Points: 27,353, Level: 98
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 997
    Overall activity: 57.0%
    Achievements:
    Social Veteran Tagger First Class Overdrive 25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,060
    Points
    27,353
    Level
    98

    Wink Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    Ever since I started re-booting my old 90 gallon and along the way I've acquired a wild colony and local frags of acroporas of my liking. Back then I noticed a small dirty mustard colour & hairy looking crab in between the branching acros and thought that it was kinda "cute" although in the back of my mind I knew this particular crab would not be beneficial to my acroporas right ... ?

    Well after several months forward I started noticing "whitish" appearance on my acropora coralites and the acros aren't dying or dead at all! Then I look away to the wild acro colony which is growing like so fast but the new growth were nipped/cut off it's new growth tips. Also found evidence of nipping on a Blue acro frag tips as well. This time I discovered there was like 2 Gorilla crabs and oh man ... are they ever so hairy with their infamous black tip claws. Last night I saw the smaller crab happily munching on another acro and that's when I decided to use my forceps and grabbed both crabs to another holding tank. it took some "merry go round"around the coralites The first crab got really big in such short time ...

    Some say they're okay to 'groom" bigger and healthier acropora colony but I'm not taking any chances especially with acroporas and who knows they might wander to the bottom and "annihilate" my precious zoas & Palys kingdom. Dang man!!

    Lesson learned .. don't be a fool!!

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
    ATI T5HO 6 (54W ATI Blue Plus & Coral Plus) Skimmerless ... for now Bubble Magus 3 Part Auto Dosing
    Fish and Inverts: P. Grandis, Palys & Zoas, Rainbow BTA's, Favia, Aussie Duncans, Chalices, various Euphyllias, various Gonioporas & Selected Acroporas. RARE Leathers, Xenia & Soft Corals combo. Juve Purple Tang & Pygmy Angel, Picasso & Wyoming clownfish Corals: Whatever's saved from the 2013 Ice Storm
     
    D'ya Want A Piece of Me??

    Back in Being Salty ...

  2. #2
    Studjunior's Avatar
    Studjunior is offline Registered User

    Believes sushi would be better alive,
    swimming in the aquarium
    Points: 8,605, Level: 62
    Level completed: 52%, Points required for next Level: 145
    Overall activity: 99.0%
    Achievements:
    Tagger Second Class 5000 Experience Points Social Veteran

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Thornhill Ontario
    Posts
    177
    Points
    8,605
    Level
    62


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    That sucks!!! At least you got the buggers.

    Set up date: April 2014 Display Size: 240 Gallons Total Water In System: 400 Gallons Do you have a sump? YES
    Do you have a refugium? YES Amount of Liverock: 150 LB Depth of Sandbed: 1 Salinity level: 1.025
    ALK level: 0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: 0
    AI Prime HD * 4 36' 2 - bulb T5 *4 Reef Octopus Regal 220 INT No
    Fish and Inverts: 2 * Grade A Picasso Clownfish, Blue Tang, Yellow Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang, Royal Gramma * 2, Golden Rhomboid wrasse, Lineatus Wrasse Corals: RBTA, frogspawn, 1 SPS
    Other Equipment: UV Sterilizer GFO reactor Other Information: New 240g build http://www.aquariumpros.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=47533

  3. #3
    Sea MunnKey's Avatar
    Sea MunnKey is offline Registered User

    Has child with the middle name Acropora
    Points: 27,353, Level: 98
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 997
    Overall activity: 57.0%
    Achievements:
    Social Veteran Tagger First Class Overdrive 25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,060
    Points
    27,353
    Level
    98
    Threadstarter


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    Their shells are as hard as anything!!! I tried stabbing the big crab and all he/she does is round around circling around the acros . Making me look a like a Fool!!

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
    ATI T5HO 6 (54W ATI Blue Plus & Coral Plus) Skimmerless ... for now Bubble Magus 3 Part Auto Dosing
    Fish and Inverts: P. Grandis, Palys & Zoas, Rainbow BTA's, Favia, Aussie Duncans, Chalices, various Euphyllias, various Gonioporas & Selected Acroporas. RARE Leathers, Xenia & Soft Corals combo. Juve Purple Tang & Pygmy Angel, Picasso & Wyoming clownfish Corals: Whatever's saved from the 2013 Ice Storm
     
    D'ya Want A Piece of Me??

    Back in Being Salty ...

  4. #4
    Studjunior's Avatar
    Studjunior is offline Registered User

    Believes sushi would be better alive,
    swimming in the aquarium
    Points: 8,605, Level: 62
    Level completed: 52%, Points required for next Level: 145
    Overall activity: 99.0%
    Achievements:
    Tagger Second Class 5000 Experience Points Social Veteran

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Thornhill Ontario
    Posts
    177
    Points
    8,605
    Level
    62


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    I know the feeling. I went through that when i first started trying to take out a crab. After the fact though I found out it was a good one... OOPS...

    Set up date: April 2014 Display Size: 240 Gallons Total Water In System: 400 Gallons Do you have a sump? YES
    Do you have a refugium? YES Amount of Liverock: 150 LB Depth of Sandbed: 1 Salinity level: 1.025
    ALK level: 0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: 0
    AI Prime HD * 4 36' 2 - bulb T5 *4 Reef Octopus Regal 220 INT No
    Fish and Inverts: 2 * Grade A Picasso Clownfish, Blue Tang, Yellow Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang, Royal Gramma * 2, Golden Rhomboid wrasse, Lineatus Wrasse Corals: RBTA, frogspawn, 1 SPS
    Other Equipment: UV Sterilizer GFO reactor Other Information: New 240g build http://www.aquariumpros.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=47533

  5. #5
    Sea MunnKey's Avatar
    Sea MunnKey is offline Registered User

    Has child with the middle name Acropora
    Points: 27,353, Level: 98
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 997
    Overall activity: 57.0%
    Achievements:
    Social Veteran Tagger First Class Overdrive 25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,060
    Points
    27,353
    Level
    98
    Threadstarter


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    There are a number of small crabs that spend their lives in pairs, nestled between the branches of stony corals. Those in the genus Tetralia are most often found in Acropora colonies, while those of the genus Trapezia are most often found in Pocillopora colonies, and both are sometimes imported with these corals. So, you may get one unintentionally when you buy one of these corals, but most are nothing to worry about and are interesting and often colorful, too. While they are carnivores that will eat small meaty bits, they're thought to dine on the mucus produced by the corals that they live in too, but are commensal creatures that don't do any actual harm to the corals.

    Courtesy of AdvancedAquarist.com


    Trapezia
    sp.


    Tetralia nigrolineata
    Attached Images Attached Images

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
    ATI T5HO 6 (54W ATI Blue Plus & Coral Plus) Skimmerless ... for now Bubble Magus 3 Part Auto Dosing
    Fish and Inverts: P. Grandis, Palys & Zoas, Rainbow BTA's, Favia, Aussie Duncans, Chalices, various Euphyllias, various Gonioporas & Selected Acroporas. RARE Leathers, Xenia & Soft Corals combo. Juve Purple Tang & Pygmy Angel, Picasso & Wyoming clownfish Corals: Whatever's saved from the 2013 Ice Storm
     
    D'ya Want A Piece of Me??

    Back in Being Salty ...

  6. #6
    Studjunior's Avatar
    Studjunior is offline Registered User

    Believes sushi would be better alive,
    swimming in the aquarium
    Points: 8,605, Level: 62
    Level completed: 52%, Points required for next Level: 145
    Overall activity: 99.0%
    Achievements:
    Tagger Second Class 5000 Experience Points Social Veteran

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Thornhill Ontario
    Posts
    177
    Points
    8,605
    Level
    62


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    Cool info. Thanks!!

    Set up date: April 2014 Display Size: 240 Gallons Total Water In System: 400 Gallons Do you have a sump? YES
    Do you have a refugium? YES Amount of Liverock: 150 LB Depth of Sandbed: 1 Salinity level: 1.025
    ALK level: 0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: 0
    AI Prime HD * 4 36' 2 - bulb T5 *4 Reef Octopus Regal 220 INT No
    Fish and Inverts: 2 * Grade A Picasso Clownfish, Blue Tang, Yellow Tang, Yellow Eye Kole Tang, Royal Gramma * 2, Golden Rhomboid wrasse, Lineatus Wrasse Corals: RBTA, frogspawn, 1 SPS
    Other Equipment: UV Sterilizer GFO reactor Other Information: New 240g build http://www.aquariumpros.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=47533

  7. #7
    Sea MunnKey's Avatar
    Sea MunnKey is offline Registered User

    Has child with the middle name Acropora
    Points: 27,353, Level: 98
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 997
    Overall activity: 57.0%
    Achievements:
    Social Veteran Tagger First Class Overdrive 25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,060
    Points
    27,353
    Level
    98
    Threadstarter


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    Only nice acro or decorator crabs (Pom-Pom, Porcelain) that don't eat away our corals .... I like the
    Gaudy Clown Crab (Platypodiella spectabilis) although I have some doubt about it's "black" tipped claws!

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
    ATI T5HO 6 (54W ATI Blue Plus & Coral Plus) Skimmerless ... for now Bubble Magus 3 Part Auto Dosing
    Fish and Inverts: P. Grandis, Palys & Zoas, Rainbow BTA's, Favia, Aussie Duncans, Chalices, various Euphyllias, various Gonioporas & Selected Acroporas. RARE Leathers, Xenia & Soft Corals combo. Juve Purple Tang & Pygmy Angel, Picasso & Wyoming clownfish Corals: Whatever's saved from the 2013 Ice Storm
     
    D'ya Want A Piece of Me??

    Back in Being Salty ...

  8. #8
    Sea MunnKey's Avatar
    Sea MunnKey is offline Registered User

    Has child with the middle name Acropora
    Points: 27,353, Level: 98
    Level completed: 1%, Points required for next Level: 997
    Overall activity: 57.0%
    Achievements:
    Social Veteran Tagger First Class Overdrive 25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    3,060
    Points
    27,353
    Level
    98
    Threadstarter


    Re: Acro eating Crabs ... dangit!!!

    Last night saw an escaped Gorilla crab & unfortunately I'd accidentally "stabbed" it.

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
    ATI T5HO 6 (54W ATI Blue Plus & Coral Plus) Skimmerless ... for now Bubble Magus 3 Part Auto Dosing
    Fish and Inverts: P. Grandis, Palys & Zoas, Rainbow BTA's, Favia, Aussie Duncans, Chalices, various Euphyllias, various Gonioporas & Selected Acroporas. RARE Leathers, Xenia & Soft Corals combo. Juve Purple Tang & Pygmy Angel, Picasso & Wyoming clownfish Corals: Whatever's saved from the 2013 Ice Storm
     
    D'ya Want A Piece of Me??

    Back in Being Salty ...

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Acro eating flatworms
    By Mitchell in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: December 24th, 2011, 11:43 AM
  2. Acro Crabs
    By torontoleafs_rock in forum I am Looking for... (Questions to our Sponsors)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 21st, 2009, 08:30 PM
  3. Cleaner shrimp eating crabs???
    By jamied64 in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: December 6th, 2007, 02:07 PM
  4. Acro Crabs
    By bigtyguyy in forum SPS
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: April 20th, 2007, 10:39 PM
  5. Killer Crabs eating my Astrea Snails
    By ed george in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: February 14th, 2005, 10:30 PM

Members who have read this thread in the last 180 days : 12

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.3