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Official Pom Pom Crab (Lybia Tesselatta) Thread

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noirsphynx

I have two in my 40g cube. Here's one of them.

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Here's belly shots of both..............boys, girls?

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Felix1021

I just found this thread.

good stuff but I have a question.

do they eat unwanted algea? like hair algea?

thanks,

F.

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bevivid

Hello everyone,

 

First thank you for such a fantastic Web site and information resource. I've read and learned a great deal here and wanted to say thanks to everyone.

 

A quick question / observation. I have been reading a lot about the Lybia tessellata and have not found much information on their territorial behavior. I currently have three of these in a 14 Gallon BioCube for about a week now. Today while one pom pom was feeding another walked by and the one with the food attacked the other pretty aggressively. No damage was done as I separated them with a turkey baster squirt.

 

Does anyone have information on how territorial they are? As I understand they are aggressive with food but what have you observed as far as just ordinary contact between the same species?

 

Thanks in advance for your replies.

 

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doctaq
I have two in my 40g cube. Here's one of them.

PomPomCrabMay2909.jpg

Here's belly shots of both..............boys, girls?

newpompomcrabMay2909.jpg

PomPomCrabMay1409.jpg

 

if sexing them is similar to blue crabs then those are both males

females have wider tail flap thingys to carry eggs while males have little thin ones

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FallenMonkey
can pom poms be put together with sexy shrimp?

 

This is what's been keeping me from getting one...

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superdavesds

I was thinking about a pair of sexies. I havent found much info on housing them together though. Here is a pic of my pom pom.

 

 

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noirsphynx

I house 5 sexy's, 2 pederson cleaner shrimp & porcelain crab with 2 pom pom crab's and have never had a problem.

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superdavesds

Thanks. Now I just have to find a place to buy them.

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whiteangelbw

Ok, I have read this entire thread. I am wondering what everyone thinks about adding one of these to my 40gal tall seahorse tank that I am setting up. Will they mess with my seahorses. This crab is so cool that I want one. Thanks in advance for any help.

Angela

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noirsphynx

What are everyone's opinions on the genders?

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I know the gender of one for sure but I'd like to see what everyone thinks.

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frank2818

My pom pom surprised me. I added a small porcelain crab to my tank and the pom pom immediately attacked and killed it.

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noirsphynx
My pom pom surprised me. I added a small porcelain crab to my tank and the pom pom immediately attacked and killed it.

Wow, sorry to hear that. I haven't had any problems with mine and I have a porcelain crab & anemone crab housed with my 3.

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MyLittleGremlin
What are everyone's opinions on the genders?

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I know the gender of one for sure but I'd like to see what everyone thinks.

 

 

Two males and one female and in that order.

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wieldymouse

This is my pom pom, Thistle. He's not a very friendly fellow. I've seen him punch his anemones at one of my sexy shrimp and a couple of my ceriths.

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Kataro

I just got 2 pom pom at a LFS, awesome lil critter! I turned on the light one day to see both of em wresting / fighting... one win and took the loser's pom pom away (he now have 2), the loser crab didnt have an anemone so..... he substitute it by taking a very small clove polyps colony I had in there as his pom pom!

 

I will try to post pic of his "anemone" later.

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wickeddd

Well this weekend I went to a LFS to meet a reefer for a quick exchange. Walked by the invertebrate tanks and came home with this little guy:

 

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Named him / her Lucy. I don't know why, haha, it was just the first name that popped up as I was driving home. The dang thing is cute as hell so I had to buy it. It just stared at me with it's puppy dog eyes. (Actually it was being blown around in circles in one of those acclimation cups) omgomgomg

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kristoffer

I bought my pom pom about 3 weeks ago and love trying to find him in my little 3gal tank. I want to add another one (or two), but I'm wondering if adding more than one will promote competition. I read many posts that many mutli-pom pom crab tanks have one or two crabs with missing anemones.

 

Has anyone had problems with their pom poms losing their anemones in mutli-crab tanks?

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molsen187

i have a few questions. do the anenomes that come with these guys need the same kind of water quality that normal nems do? could i put two or three of these guys in my 55g or is that too big a tank for them? they are really coo little guys. i have two clowns, a carpenter wrasse, a goby pistol shrimp pair and a cleaner shrimp. does anyone see these guy not getting along with my current inhabitants?

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brandonroy

I got two and they seem to come out very often. One of them came with out any anemones so he grabbed a piece of Xenia plus a Plankton "a live one too, cause I can see it move on his claw still hahaha." The other one came with two red anemones but now is down to one so hopefully it grows and he splits them. I might one more if I can find one with two full size anemones.

 

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callmesaul8889

what kind of anemones do these guys carry around? is it just anything they can get their hands on? i got one last night for 5 bucks but he didnt have any anemones, and i dont have any in my tank

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CGNano

Hahaha, wow! This thread is still around? I made it when I was 13 and my 18th birthday was Tuesday... I'm really glad to see that everyone appreciates these things.

 

I ordered another one for my nano from bluezooaquatics along with some other animals Thursday night.... lo and behold when I got my order on Saturday morning I had everything in the box except the pom pom crab :( has anyone ever had this issue with bluezoo before?

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jthyge

Hello...

 

Just wanted to show my new Lybia Tesselatta.

 

Happily it is out, much more than I expected. I see it wandering around, waving its anemones a couple of times a day.

 

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Video

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callmesaul8889

mine hides in a rock all the time :(

 

could it be because he doesnt have any anemones?

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sfork
mine hides in a rock all the time :(

 

could it be because he doesnt have any anemones?

 

give him some zoas :lol:

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Samurhai

mine hides all the time too and sometimes i see him when lights out =(

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