Emerald crabs thoughts

ajtomase

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I’m thinking about getting an emerald crab to eat bubble algae, but unheard they’ll eat LPS. Thoughts?
 

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We haven’t ever had much luck with them eating bubble algae. With that being said, I’ve never had any bother LPS. I did catch one munching on Zoas once. He quickly became roommates with Ambers mantis shrimp…

You might want to look into a foxface, if you’ve got the room in your tank. The one we have eats bubble algae.
 
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ajtomase

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We haven’t ever had much luck with them eating bubble algae. With that being said, I’ve never had any bother LPS. I did catch one munching on Zoas once. He quickly became roommates with Ambers mantis shrimp…

You might want to look into a foxface, if you’ve got the room in your tank. The one we have eats bubble algae.
Thanks! My tank is fallow for the next 90 days, but I thought foxfaces can eat LPS…
 

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Bubble algae can be pretty easy to manually remove or manage, too. Despite a lot of misconception out there, popping the bubbles does NOT make more bubbles - it's the tissue of the algae itself that spreads it. (that's been verified by marine algae biologists - which have an even fancier title than what I just sold them as - Phycologists)
 
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Mine has never bother corals as far as I can tell. I have at least one big fat emerald crab in my 180 (maybe more--I've put at least 4 in there, but never seen more than one at a time)

I have bubble algae, but it stays in check. I also have a foxface. I've not noticed him eating but he could be.

Both are model citizens and leave my corals alone.