|This beautiful little coral is Sally Jo's Bonsai Acropora of course. You can see how small this multi branch colony is by comparing it to the little Mexican blue spot hermit crab in the lower left of the picture.
Sometimes people say the hermit crabs will eat your corals. But if you have small, reef safe hermit crabs you will never see them eating healthy corals. Some of the safest hermit crabs for reef aquariums are in the Clibinerius group.
If a small colony of Bonsai Acropora had a growth of hair algae on the rock below it I would not think twice about placing it in a tank with thousands of blue spot hermit crabs. I have done just that hundreds of times and have never had any corals damaged by the hermit crabs. I can't say the same thing for a tiny little frag of turquoise blue Acropora :). This image shows the damage that one Acropora can do to another with it's sweeper tentacles. Shortly after this picture was taken you can be sure that the blue Acropora with the pink polyps was moved a safe distance from this Bonsai plug.
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