DEAD SALLY LIGHTFOOT

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Diane Pearson, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. I had a Sally Lightfoot Crab for 9 months. I purchased her when my tank was
    3 weeks old. At that time, my tank had a lot of green hair algae. The only
    algae that I have now is the stuff that forms on the sides of my tank. My
    problem is that this morning she died. I was doing my weekly maintenance
    which includes a 5% water change with R/O water. I was cleaning algae off
    the back of the tank glass and moved my filter so that I could clean behind
    it. Sally was hanging on the filter and moved when I started moving the
    filter. When I was finished with the maintenance, I found her laying on her
    back. Everything else in my tank (55 gal.) is happy. I've seen Sally
    aggressively catch flakes of food and brine shrimp in the past, but I'm
    wondering why she died. Could it have been from a lack of algae? My
    salinity was a little high when I started the maintenance, so the water that
    I used for the change was a little low, nothing drastic. If it wasn't the
    food, could that have caused her death? My hermit crabs, Yellow Tang,
    Clown, two Gobies, two Cardinal fish and Coral Beauty Angel fish are doing
    fine. I just purchased the Coral Beauty yesterday along with several new
    corals. I feel like my tank won't be the same without Sally, but I don't
    want to purchase another one if I did something to cause her death. Sally
    molted twice since I had her. I put 7 - 8 drops of iodine in my tank every
    morning.
     
    Diane Pearson, Jan 24, 2004
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  2. Perhaps Sally had just molted when you got in there, and the shell was soft.
    That leaves any crab open to attack and pretty defenseless.

    It could be coincidence, but from what you've described, I don't believe it was
    something you did wrong specifically. I'd get another one if you like them.
    They do find other things to eat when the algae is under control, plus you
    pointed out that Sally ate prepared foods that you provided.

    Marc


    Diane Pearson wrote:

    > I had a Sally Lightfoot Crab for 9 months. I purchased her when my tank was
    > 3 weeks old. At that time, my tank had a lot of green hair algae. The only
    > algae that I have now is the stuff that forms on the sides of my tank. My
    > problem is that this morning she died. I was doing my weekly maintenance
    > which includes a 5% water change with R/O water. I was cleaning algae off
    > the back of the tank glass and moved my filter so that I could clean behind
    > it. Sally was hanging on the filter and moved when I started moving the
    > filter. When I was finished with the maintenance, I found her laying on her
    > back. Everything else in my tank (55 gal.) is happy. I've seen Sally
    > aggressively catch flakes of food and brine shrimp in the past, but I'm
    > wondering why she died. Could it have been from a lack of algae? My
    > salinity was a little high when I started the maintenance, so the water that
    > I used for the change was a little low, nothing drastic. If it wasn't the
    > food, could that have caused her death? My hermit crabs, Yellow Tang,
    > Clown, two Gobies, two Cardinal fish and Coral Beauty Angel fish are doing
    > fine. I just purchased the Coral Beauty yesterday along with several new
    > corals. I feel like my tank won't be the same without Sally, but I don't
    > want to purchase another one if I did something to cause her death. Sally
    > molted twice since I had her. I put 7 - 8 drops of iodine in my tank every
    > morning.


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    Marc Levenson, Jan 24, 2004
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  3. Diane Pearson

    Mort Guest

    OT: DEAD SALLY LIGHTFOOT

    I remember reading something bad about Sally Lightfoot. I cant rememeber
    what it was, maybe they get to be too big? Anyway, after finally seeing at
    an LFS I really wanted to get it. What a cool looking crab! Thoughts?

    ~Mort
     
    Mort, Jan 26, 2004
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  4. Re: OT: DEAD SALLY LIGHTFOOT

    Mort, if you'll check Reef Central with the search routine, the jury is out with
    6 'for' and 6 'against' .... they are fine for a while, but become a problem as
    they mature. I had one but didn't take the risk and put it in my sump.

    Never saw it again.

    Marc


    Mort wrote:

    > I remember reading something bad about Sally Lightfoot. I cant rememeber
    > what it was, maybe they get to be too big? Anyway, after finally seeing at
    > an LFS I really wanted to get it. What a cool looking crab! Thoughts?
    >
    > ~Mort


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    Marc Levenson, Jan 26, 2004
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  5. Diane Pearson

    ray Guest

    Re: OT: DEAD SALLY LIGHTFOOT

    On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 01:00:02 GMT, "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

    >I remember reading something bad about Sally Lightfoot. I cant rememeber
    >what it was, maybe they get to be too big? Anyway, after finally seeing at
    >an LFS I really wanted to get it. What a cool looking crab! Thoughts?
    >
    >~Mort
    >
    >


    I had one in my tank for about 10 minutes.. It's first port of call was to
    forage on the sand eating wildly.. it's second port of call was to climb the
    nearest bit of live rock and take several leaping swipes at my clownfish which
    were dumb enough to poke their nose in and see who the newcomer was... i'd
    say definately not fish safe when they get a bit bigger..

    on the plus side, great colouration and speed..

    mine went back to the LFS...
     
    ray, Jan 27, 2004
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  6. Diane:
    Firstly I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you. It is always
    sad to say farewell to a pet. There is nothing I , or anyone else,can say
    to make you feel better. Grieve as you must.

    That said I believe that you should get another, perhaps call him Gordon
    Lightfoot (Canadian pop musician).


    "Diane Pearson" <dlpearson@bluemarble.net> wrote in message
    news:4012a8b8$0$40211$39cecf19@news.twtelecom.net...
    > I had a Sally Lightfoot Crab for 9 months. I purchased her when my tank

    was
    > 3 weeks old. At that time, my tank had a lot of green hair algae. The

    only
    > algae that I have now is the stuff that forms on the sides of my tank. My
    > problem is that this morning she died. I was doing my weekly maintenance
    > which includes a 5% water change with R/O water. I was cleaning algae off
    > the back of the tank glass and moved my filter so that I could clean

    behind
    > it. Sally was hanging on the filter and moved when I started moving the
    > filter. When I was finished with the maintenance, I found her laying on

    her
    > back. Everything else in my tank (55 gal.) is happy. I've seen Sally
    > aggressively catch flakes of food and brine shrimp in the past, but I'm
    > wondering why she died. Could it have been from a lack of algae? My
    > salinity was a little high when I started the maintenance, so the water

    that
    > I used for the change was a little low, nothing drastic. If it wasn't the
    > food, could that have caused her death? My hermit crabs, Yellow Tang,
    > Clown, two Gobies, two Cardinal fish and Coral Beauty Angel fish are doing
    > fine. I just purchased the Coral Beauty yesterday along with several new
    > corals. I feel like my tank won't be the same without Sally, but I don't
    > want to purchase another one if I did something to cause her death. Sally
    > molted twice since I had her. I put 7 - 8 drops of iodine in my tank

    every
    > morning.
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    mike and Linda, Feb 3, 2004
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