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    Pom Pom Crabs

    The Pom Pom Crab, Lybia sp., has a light tan color with darker markings throughout itís body which are used as camouflage. This Hawaii native crab, from the Xanthidae family, carries a small anemone in each of itís claws. These anemones serve two main functions. First, they are used for defensive purposes, threatening any potential predators with the risk of a sting. Second, these anemones are used to to ďmopĒ uneaten food from the substrate and rock.







    It should be noted that when adding this generally peaceful tenant to a reef tank, one runs the risk of the anemones stinging corals. Although, any damage cause by these anemones would be minimal due to their size.


    Another common name for this crab is a Boxer Crab, and will grow to a maximum length of about an inch. As with many crabs and shrimp, molting is a mechanism used for growth, and therefor proper iodine levels should be maintained.


    The Pom Pom crab should have a diet consisting of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp. chopped fish and clams, with the occasional addition of Spirulina or Nori.




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    Sneaky bastards!

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    These guys look awesome....has anyone seen these around locally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanjan11 View Post
    These guys look awesome....has anyone seen these around locally?
    Hooked had some. I got one of mine from him. Reef City also carries them on occasion.
    Custom Pico Aquarium 45g DT w/Starfire Front & Sides, 12g Custom Advanced Acrylics Sump & Refugium,
    Ecotech Radion Pro G3 LEDs (2 Modules), 2 Ecotech Mp40QD, Tunze ATO, Nyos Quantum 120 Skimmer,
    Ecotech Vectra M1 Return Pump, 200w Eheim Heater,
    JBJ Artica 1/15 Chiller |
    And a whole lot of fabulous!

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    Anyone try keeping these with wrasses?

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    I got mine from Hooked, I have a 6 Line, but I've only seen my Pom Pom twice in the three months I've had him, recently I've seen him.

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    That's awesome! I want one. Thanks for posting, Walt!

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    They do this cool swaying back and forth dance kinda like a hula girl. I had one that got along well with a 6line.

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