Pithos Crab
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  • Pithos Crab

  • Pitho mirabilis

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  • Tank Size: 10 Gallons
    Tempermant: Semi-aggressive
    Maximum Size: 2"
    Coloration: Brown, Tan, Green
    Diet: Omnivore
    Regions Found: Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Guarantee: Live Guarantee Available
    Water Conditions: 74-82° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
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  • Description
  • The Pithos Crab (Pitho mirabilis), a fascinating member of the Mithracidae family, is a relatively new addition to the reef aquarium hobby. This small, algae-eating crab is native to the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Ocean. Pithos Crabs are known for their distinctive appearance, with a molted brown, tan, or yellowish bulbous body and cupped claws that allow them to easily pull algae from rocks and other surfaces. They are primarily nocturnal, emerging from their hiding places at night to graze on various types of algae, including hair algae, bubble algae, and other nuisance algae.

    In the aquarium, Pithos Crabs are generally peaceful tank mates and will not bother most other inhabitants. However, as with any crab, some individuals may occasionally pick at corals, so it's important to monitor their behavior. They are also susceptible to being eaten by aggressive or predatory fish, so choosing tank mates wisely is crucial. Due to their algae-eating habits and relatively small size, Pithos Crabs are a valuable addition to the cleanup crew in a reef aquarium, helping to control algae growth and maintain a healthy environment for other inhabitants.

    If you have any questions please contact Eric Cohen TankStop owner and well respected industry veteran.

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