Tom's assorted crabs?

CaptFish

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I do.
In fact I am going to meet Tom today. But i usually order the crabs from Dana.( http://www.ccritters.com/catalog/i203.html ) Dana is Toms nephew and I think they share product so they are probably the same exact crabs. Make sure you tell them the crabs are for a small octo so they can send you crabs that are the right size.
 

Lmecher

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Captfish-

These will be the underwater type yes?
The same as Dana's assorted mixed octopus food crabs that "D" discussed a while back?
I will likely get some for my O. briareus too.
Thank you

Did i read that you are picking up 2 mercs today? I am very jealous! :sagrin:
 

CaptFish

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Lmecher;150611 said:
Captfish-

These will be the underwater type yes?
The same as Dana's assorted mixed octopus food crabs that "D" discussed a while back?
I will likely get some for my O. briareus too.
Thank you
Yup. the exact same. I am actually going to ask him some questions about these guys.

Did i read that you are picking up 2 mercs today? I am very jealous! :sagrin:
 

Lmecher

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Let me know what you find out.

You go right ahead and rub it in :sad:

Ok, better now, I'm really happy for you. :razz:
I want to see them, will be waiting.
 

Lmecher

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brandy g;150795 said:
i just ordered some of these, wondering how much comes in each packetage
Did you order from Cramerscritters or Tomscaribbean?
What do you mean...they are $1.00 each from both suppliers? :confused:
 

Lmecher

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What I believe is $1 per crab, If anyone else has ordered assorted crabs from cramers, feel free to chime in.

brandy g- how many did you order, in $$ ?

Please keep in touch and let us know what kind of crabs you get, and share your experience.
 

CaptFish

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It's $1 per crab
 

Lmecher

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Here is what makes me nervous....He lists them as trouble makers. I have loads of softies, snails and small hermits. I don't want bad crabs that will go on a killing spree in my tanks.

http://www.ccritters.com/catalog/i203.html

brandy, will be interested in what you get : )

I see how it is confusing, it says all crabs in this pack.... makes me think "pack" as in pack of wolf crabs.
 

DWhatley

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The ones I got were all decorator crabs and I still have a couple wondering the tanks (a couple had intresting carapices and I put them in my clown/anemone tank) and one has escaped the notice of both Maya and Puddles. I only have polyps and gorgonians in those two tanks so I don't know about leathers or other softies but nothing in my tanks has been bothered.
 

Lmecher

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Decorator crabs are not reef safe. My tank is not exactly a reef but reef-like. Hmmm.....need to think about this. Maybe I'll try a few and see how it goes. I think you are making a mistake putting them in your reef tank D. Keep a close eye on them. I guess there are exceptions to the rule.
 

DWhatley

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There are two types of crabs called decorator crabs. One that looks like a tranchilla and one that is pear shaped. Do you know which one you looked up? These are the small pear shaped kind.
 

Lmecher

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I couldn't find anything that mentions and describes the different types of decorators. I did find a site that mentioned a decorator crab with a triangular shaped body. It says monitor it in a reef tank. Well that is sounding a little better than the description i found earlier. When and if I order octopuses from Tom, I will try a few of these guys and see how it goes. I think Ollie will see to it they don't last too long anyway. Thanks D
 

DWhatley

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I think they are particularly good for briareus because to their hunting techniques. I have noticed with briareus that if you lightly scratch the LR (I have used shrimp this way) sometimes they will sense the vibration and come looking with an arm. They don't seem to do as well with some of the more visual hunting styles (hence the one still alive with Puddles). They are actually an interesting creature to watch and will do some unusual things as a group (I have not noticed it with individuals but it may be that I just don't see one where several are obvious) like line up along the tank wall. They do collect stuff (hence the name) but no where near as badly as the pin cushion urchins.
 

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Lmecher

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Very cute with the zoas on it's shell but not so much if they were mine. I had actually found a video, it showed them decorating themselves with cloth and pearls, things stick to their velcro-like hairs. If they do have coral on them, is it safe for the octopus? I'd imagine they aren't eating the outer shell anyway. Sounds like it would be cute, all the little crabs in a row. Well if they do go after my corals, I can always get more right? Thanks for the links : )
 

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