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 Saltwater Aquarium Cleaner Crabs

 
   

Saltwater Crabs are a must have cleaner for any reef aquarium. They keep problems like hair algae, bubble algae, and excess food (detritus) under control.

 Red Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab
Paguristes cadenati

Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs have a voracious appetite for detritus and are particularly fond of filamentous, hair, and slime algae, as well as the dreaded red cyanobacteria.
Description: Scarlet Hermit Crabs are very hardy and requires minimal care in a well-established system. They have a voracious appetite for detritus and are particularly fond of filamentous, hair, and slime algae, as well as the dreaded cyanobacteria. Also, unlike some hermit crabs, Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs are very peaceful towards their tankmates. Native to the reef faces and coral rubble of the Caribbean, these active scavengers can consume large amounts of animal matter and algae. The Scarlet Reef Crab will only grow to an adult size of 1-1/2" in length.

Diet and Feeding:Besides keeping your tank immaculate while it feeds, they will eat fish food and invertebrate diets. If algae levels are insufficient, supplement their diet with dried seaweed. As with all invertebrates, they do not tolerate copper-based medications and extreme fluctuations in water parameters.

Reef Compatability:
An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"

$3.99 each
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 Pom Pom Crab
Lybia tessellata
Description: The Indo-Pacfic native Pom Pom Crab is a comical aquarium addition. This unique crab species carries a small anemone, which look like pom poms, in each claw. There are at least two purposes for carrying the anemones. The first is a simple matter of defense. The Pom Pom will taunt would-be predators by shaking the anemones in hopes of stinging the invader into retreat. It also mops the substrate to gather uneaten food, thus creating a symbiotic relationship between the Pom Pom Crab and its pom poms. The anemone undoubtedly benefits by getting to eat its share of the treasure. Also known as the Boxer Crab, it is a hardy creature that grows to about an inch in length. Because of this small size, it is great for the mini-reef aquarium. This crab is attractively marked, with striped legs and bold markings. The anemones are dropped during molting but are retrieved once this process completes. Curiously, lab studies have shown that a crab that loses one anemone will attempt to split the one it has into two regenerated clones, a method used by humans to propagate larger anemones. They may be kept in groups and females will produce reddish colored egg masses that they carry on their abdomens.
Food and diet: They can be fed algae pellets, or sheets of algae if they can't find enough natural food.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: up to 1"

$19.99 each
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 Dwarf Blue Leg
Reef Hermit Crabs
Clibanarius tricolor

Blue Leg's take care of diatoms,
hair algae, and red slime too!!
Description:Dwarf Blue Leg hermit crabs are one of the most popular scavengers in the aquarium trade. Known for their small size, beautiful colors and excellent reef combatibility, they are able to reach tight crevices and polish off the detritus and algae that bigger inverts cannot get to. They will scour the sand and live rock in search of food and leave the tank virtually nitrate-free. They make excellent tank cleaners and a great addition to your clean-up crew. They have bright blue striped legs with orange antennas.
Food and diet:The Dwarf Blue Leg Reef Hermit Crab is best kept in a reef-style aquarium where it will have ample supplies of algae to eat. If there is insufficient algae to eat, their diet must be supplemented with dried seaweed.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"
Reef Compatibility:Very good
$1.29 each
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 Dwarf Red Leg
Reef Hermit Crab
Chibanarius digueti

Very effective at elliminating hair algae
and other nuisance algaes.
Description:The Dwarf Red Leg Reef Hermit Crab is a voracious scavenger. Like its Blue Leg cousin, the Dwarf Red Leg Reef Hermit Crab serves as an ideal member of your marine or reef aquarium's cleanup crew. Also known simply as the Red Tip Hermit Crab, totally Reef safe, this omnivore will scavenge all over your live rock and sand substrate - finding its way into the tightest of spaces - to feed on algae and detritus.
Food and diet:The Dwarf Red Leg Reef Hermit Crab is best kept in a reef-style aquarium where it will have ample supplies of algae to eat. If there is insufficient algae to eat, their diet must be supplemented with dried seaweed.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size:1/2" to 1"

$1.39 each ~ 10 for $13.00 ~ 25 for $32.50
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 Emerald Crabs
(Mithrax Sculptus)

Excellent Algae Eater
including troublesome Bubble Algae!
Green Emerald Crabs are reef-safe algae eaters and an excellent addition to your cleaner crew. They are one of the few inverts that will eat nuisance bubble algae which makes them very popular among reef keepers. It will also feed on uneaten meaty foods and many of the types of nuisance algae found in reef aquariums. Its distinct, flat shiny green body and hairy legs easily identify the Emerald Mithrax Crab. They have dull tipped claws that they use to pick various types of algae from the rockwork. Native to the reefs of the Caribbean, the Emerald Mithrax Crab is nocturnal and hide in caves and amongst rock and coral during the day. In the home aquarium, it requires a well-established aquarium with plenty of rockwork and hiding places. Care needs to be taken to ensure an ample supply of food is available for the Emerald Mithrax Crab. Many supplement their diet with dried seaweed and chopped meaty foods, such as shrimp, and/or a quality pellet fish food. Like other invertebrates, the Emerald Mithrax does not tolerate copper-based medications or fluctuating water parameters.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size:1"

$6.99 each

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  Horseshoe Crabs

Sand Stirer , Detritus Eater
Ancestors of horseshoe crabs date back over 450 million years--long before the age of the dinosaurs. The Horseshoe Crab is very strange in appearance and can be unique specimens for any aquarium. Very hardy , they can be a good choice for beginners. Horseshoe Crabs are bottom dwellers, and in the wild usually burrow in mud or sand flats in tidal areas or estuaries. The Horseshoe Crab is greenish brown to light tan in color. The dorsal part of the body is rounded, and it has a long spike for a tail. The Horseshoe Crab is really not a crab, but more closely related to spiders and mites, belonging to a group of animals called chelicerates. Horseshoe Crabs can grow quite large. The female horseshoe crabs usually grow larger than the males, with their body reaching a maximum size of 12 inches in diameter. When small, they are very efficient scavengers and are great for aerating and maintaining sand beds. In the aquarium, your Horseshoe Crab will not grow that large, and will generally do best in a sandy substrate. They are very helpful in cleaning an aquarium through sifting through sand and gravel in search of worms and any organic debris. It will move the substrate around almost nonstop in its search for food. The Horseshoe Crab will move about, scavengiong detritus or other materials that have fallen to the bottom. Although it may find some food scavenging, its diet should be supplemented with meaty items such as pieces of squid and shrimp.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium/Large: 2" to 3"

$14.99 Small - $18.99 Med/Lrg
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 Arrow Crabs
Stenorhynchus seticornis

Description: The Arrow Crab with its long body and arrow like head is also known as the Spider Crab. An extremely hardy species that will be a long time inhabitant, different species are found throughout the world but the species we offer is a well known caribbean invertebrate that is one of the BEST reef scavengers ot there.

They will consume all decaying or left over foods, as well as prey on bristle and flat worms which makes them highly sought after for nuisance control in any reef aquarium. If the tank is extremely clean where insufficient food may be a problem, place a sheet of green algae in the reef tank with a rubber band around a piece of rock.

Found in segments of the reef where there are crevices or tiny caves, the arrow crab lays out its decleration that the area is its home. The Arrow Crab has eight spider-like legs and has a head that is exceptionally pointed at the tip. The legs of an Arrow Crab can be more than three times its body length. The body of an Arrow Crab is composed of many colors. The whole body is covered in a golden-brown color, with white, brown, or gold stripes running along the crab's body. The ends of the legs are dark violet. As the Arrow Crab grows it will shed an outer layer of its skin called the exoskeleton. Can you breed these long legged beauties? Breeding Arrow Crabs in the aquarium is not generally successful. Larvae are free-swimming and hatch in about two weeks. An interesting tidbit to know: Arrow crabs can and will easily loose a leg. But no worry, they grow them back easily and every time the exoskeleton is reskinned the reformed leg will get longer and longer.

In a 50 gallon or less tank only one should be kept , but beyond that a good rule of thumb would be one per 50 gallonsalthough multiple arrow crabs can be kept in larger tanks with lots of rock work.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4

$12.99
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 Spotted Porcelain Crabs
The Spotted Porcelain Crab is an exquisite reef safe crab. They are reef safe, peaceful, and will not harm other invertebrates or corals. Very interesting invertebrates for the marine aquarium. Common throughout the tropical oceans of the world, they have a flat, round body with two large claws and a pair of maxillipeds which are used to catch plankton in the water column. They are also algae eaters and enjoy lots of live rock to graze and hide, and do well in groups. They are light blue in color and covered in small red spots, with orange tipped legs; a very unique addition to the reef aquarium. Safely concealed by rocks or coral, the Porcelain Crab constantly filters the water for planktonic food, but will also scavenge for larger meaty portions. Offer the crab small bits of fish, shrimp or meaty food, as well as foods designed for filter feeders.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

$11.99
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Electric Blue Knuckle Hermit Crabs
Calcinus elegans
Description: The Electric Blue Knuckle Hermit Crab is found in the sandy and rubble areas surrounding reefs rather than eing found bmoving about within them.The Electric Blue Hermit, also called the Electric Blue Knuckle Hermit Crab, or just the Blue Knuckle Hermit Crab, spend all their time scavenging for food and ridding a tank of nuisance algae including hair algae, filamentous algae, and cyanobacteria, therefore they are valuable members of your team of algae management critters.
Tank Size: Minimum tank size of 1 gallons with live rock.
Feeding: Feed meaty bits such as raw table shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, silver sides, scallop, clam and mussel. They will appreciate offerings of Nori or other vegetation as well. Feed once or twice a week depending on amount of Hermit Crabs vs. amount of available food for them to forage on their own.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Reef safe and can make excellent inhabitants for minature reef and community aquariums.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/4"

$10.99
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  Hawaiian Zebra Hermit Crab
Description: The Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab gets its name from its distinct coloration. It has black and white pincers and the white bands that dress its otherwise dark legs. Like other members of the genus Calcinus, the Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab is very small but boasts an enlarged left claw.The Dwarf Zebra is found in the inter-tidal areas across the Indo-Pacific from Africa to Australia to Hawaii. Since they scavenge for detritus and consume nuisance algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), the Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab is a highly desired addition to the home reef aquarium. If there are insufficient algae in the aquarium, their diet should be supplemented with dried seaweed.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 3/4"

$3.99
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Anemone Carrying
Hermit Crabs
Dardanus sp.
Anemone Carrying Hermit Crabs have formed a symbiotic relationship with the anemone Calliactis polypus with which it shares a home. The anemone attached to the shell provides camouflage, protection, and the two invertebrates share food. In the wild, when the crab moves the anemone about the reef, it helps the anemones disperse. When the crab outgrows its shell, it will leave it behind and find a new, larger shell and transfer the anemone on to it or select a larger anemone. This Hermit Crab prefers an aquarium with large amounts of rock work and dim light. The Hermit Crab is fairly aggressive and makes a poor candidate for a reef or peaceful fish aquarium. It will eat fish, snails, and worms, but also will eat detritus and some algae. If there is insufficient algae to eat, dried seaweed should be provided.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

$15.99
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  Decorator Spider Crabs
Camposcia retusa

These guys are carrying sponge & Zooanthus polyps

Description: A good disguise can help you survive in the sea. Therefore carrying sponge and other items on their backs make spider crabs look somewhat comical, but is an effective form of protection. They cover themselves with items like ocean sponge, little pieces of rock and shell, pieces of marine plant, and other items it can use as camouflage to keep itself in stealth mode. With the same intentions, in the reef aquarium the spider crab will gather whatever it finds and likes. It will find pieces of plant or algae, pieces of coral such as living polyps and other soft corals it finds, to cover itself.
While Spider Crabs typically have sponge on their backs, they will sometimes harvest tunicates or even coral polyps and other soft coral for camouflage. By doing this they may cause harm to some soft or polyp corals, but often actually promote the propogation of the carried corals throughout the reef aquarium. Best suited for a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock for hiding and food. This species as with all crustacean species should not be kept with species that will eat crustaceans, such as triggerfish and puffers.
Diet: As with most all crabs, the Spider Crab is a scavenger that will eat most any meaty food. The diet of the Spider Crab should include meaty foods such as frozen brine or mysis shrimp, mussels or pieces of fish. This species will also eat any foods that get by the fish in the aquarium, making them good for keeping the aquarium free of excess and decaying food stuffs.
Reef Compatability: Yes with caution ,will not bother reef invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

$9.99
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Anemone Crabs
Neopetrolisthes ohshimai
The Anemone Crab is white with red spots and/or blotches of red or brown. They have very large front claws which they use to fend off potential predators. They are peaceful, and make a wonderful addition to any reef or invertebrate aquarium.
Like the clown fish, this crab has developed an immunity to anemone stings. Anemone Crabs live together in pairs under the protection of an anemone. It may attempt to defend its territory from clownfish that try to establish themselves among the anemone, although the clownfish generally prevails.It eats planktonic food and mucus from the anemone. It may be supplemented with tablet food placed next to the anemone.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

$7.99
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  Sponge Crabs
Great disguise protects this friend
from the sea!
Description: By carrying sponge and other items on their backs make sponge crabs look somewhat comical, but is an effective form of protection. They cover themselves with items like ocean sponge, little pieces of rock and shell, pieces of marine plant, and other items it can use as camouflage to keep itself in stealth mode. With the same intentions, in the reef aquarium the sponge crab will gather whatever it finds and likes. It will find pieces of plant or algae, pieces of coral such as living polyps and other soft corals it finds, to cover itself.
While Sponge Crabs typically have sponges on their backs, they will sometimes harvest tunicates or even coral polyps and other soft coral for camouflage. By doing this they may cause harm to some soft or polyp corals, but often actually promote the propogation of the carried corals throughout the reef aquarium. Best suited for a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock for hiding and food. This species as with all crustacean species should not be kept with species that will eat crustaceans, such as triggerfish and puffers.
Diet: As with most all crabs, the Sponge Crab is a scavenger that will eat most any meaty food. The diet of the Sponge Crab should include meaty foods such as frozen brine or mysis shrimp, mussels or pieces of fish. This species will also eat any foods that get by the fish in the aquarium, making them good for keeping the aquarium free of excess and decaying food stuffs.
Reef Compatability: Yes with caution ,will not bother reef invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

$14.99

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  Sally Lightfoot Crabs
Percnon gibbesi

Description:The Sally Lightfoot Crab, also known as the Nimble Spray, Short, or Urchin Crab. With their brown body and orange to yellow rings on their legs, Sally Lightfoots are a reef-safe crab, very active algae eaters and enjoy feeding off of algae on rockwork. Because of their flatness, they can easily keep themselves hidden under rocks and coral. They prefer a strong current and will require an aquarium with large amounts of rock work where it can hide and scavenge for detritus.
Food and diet:The Sally Lightfoot Crab is best kept in a reef-style aquarium where it will have ample supplies of algae to eat. If there is insufficient algae to eat, their diet must be supplemented with dried seaweed.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

$12.99
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  Ruby Emerald Crab

Excellent Algae Eater
including troublesome Bubble Algae!
Ruby Emerald Crabs are reef-safe algae eaters and an excellent addition to your cleaner crew. They are in the same family as Green Emerald Crabs and therefore also are great algae control critters. They are one of the few inverts that will eat nuisance bubble algae which makes them very popular among reef keepers. They have dull tipped claws that they use to pick various types of algae from the rockwork. They are wonderful crabs to observe with beautiful ruby bumpy bodies and pink hairy legs, a great crab for any reef! We rec'd 1 per 25 gallons
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

$8.99

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 Halloween Hermit Crab
Ciliopagurus strigatus
Description: The Halloween Hermit Crab is probably the brightest colored hermit crab available. It is commonly found near the Hawaiian Islands. Like other hermit crabs, this species will wear abandoned shells to protect itself from predators. Many enthusiasts are drawn to the crab for its festive orange and black coloration. The diet of the Halloween Hermit Crab is limited to algae and uneaten foods. This preference makes it an ideal candidate for the reef aquarium. Hermit crabs will spend their time climbing across Live Rock and the substrate in search of their next meal.
Diet: The diet of the Holloween Hermit Crab should include meaty foods such as chopped fish and clams, as well as frozen, flake, and freeze-dried foods.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"

$9.99

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 Thin Stripe Hermit Crab
Clibanarius vittatus

The Thin Striped Hermit Crab is good at removing hair algae,
film algae, detritus and cyanobacteria from your tank.
Description: The Thin Striped Hermit Crab, (Clibanarius vittatus) is good at removing hair algae, film algae, detritus and cyanobacteria from your tank, it will also scavenge. Tank size for a critter like this will largely depend on the structure of it. They would do fine in a 10g species only hermit tank, with minimal rock and lots of sand. A good choice for the kids, these guys are very hardy and aren't shy. If you were adding it to a fish and mobile invert only tank, it would do well in a 50g or larger. They would not be suitable for very small reef tanks since they are to large. They are also a perfect refugium inhabitant.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1"

$6.99

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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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