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Does a porcelain crab need an anemone?

Last Updated: 1st July, 2020

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Porcelain Anemone Crab can be kept in an aquarium. Because they are filter feeders they are quite peaceful. Although they do not necessarily require an anemone as a host, they are happier if they have one. Because they also eat mucus from an anemone this helps provides a more natural diet.

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Likewise, are anemone crabs reef safe?

The Saltwater Porcelain Anemone Crab is a docile and reef safe addition to any invertebrate or reef aquarium. They like to get into pairs under the shelter of an anemone and will try to fend off other creatures invading their space.

Additionally, what do anemone crabs eat? Porcelain Anemone Crabs are generally aggressive toward other similarly sized crabs, and should not be kept with larger, aggressive crabs, which may attack it. Porcelain Anemone Crabs eat planktonic food and mucus from the host anemone. It may be supplemented with meaty tablet foods placed next to the anemone.

Subsequently, question is, what do you feed porcelain crabs?

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.

Do anemone crabs molt?

Younger crabs will molt more frequently as growth is accelerated. The molt frequency slows down as the crab matures. It was time for yours to molt whether you had it two weeks or two years, it's dictated by the hormones.

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