sally lightfoot crabs, friend or foe

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    whats the deal with these. some of the sources say that these crabs are peaceful , but others say that once they get full siye they prettz much become a nightmare.
    can someone with some experience with these litte critters give me some... idk info on them
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    I had one for nearly 2 years and he never bothered anything
     
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    really this is news
    i hear there very skilled hunters and with hunt fish and tear up sessile inverts
     
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    daugherty part time reefer

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    they can and will hunt fish but sometimes they dont
     
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    I have 4-5 of them and have never seen them doing questionable activities.
     
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    winyfrog Yep!

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    I have kept them for years with no issues.

    side note: all crabs are opportunist hunters and can sometimes become pests.
     
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    i know that, but i hear alot more about hte sally crabs, that there really fast and the sit on rock ledges and pounce on fish swimming in the water column
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Sallys are fast.And there plenty fast enough to catch a fish when they want to.
    The sally I had wouldn't chase the fish,but would go into a defensive posture when a fish got too close.
    But he fell prey to a mantis one fateful night,and I hadnt replaced him.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    I had a pair of sally lightfoots, they didn't touch anything for a year or so. Then I watched them start taking swipes at fish as they swam by. Didn't think anything of it. The swiping behavior continued. Then I watched them catch and eat two firefish and a sixline wrasse right in front of my eyes. From my experience, FOE.
     
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    I had one for a couple years and never had any problem.
     
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    mcmusashi5 Octopus Wizard

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    the only problem i ever had was a shrimp that was homisidal. the small crabs i had posed no problem
     
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    They get agresive and distructive.( Like my spelling.). They should not be bought because the downside is way bigger that the upside. I know a guy who had one that was a nightmear
     
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