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Old 05-17-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Emerald crab killing goby

Hey guys, is it possible for an emerald crab to kill a pink spotted watchman goby?? When we woke up this morning my goby was split completely down the center of his underside and the crab was eating him. And now is living in the gobys hole. I am so completely bummed. RIP Gobes
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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It usually depends on the size. I definitely wouldn't put it past a large emerald. A smaller one however probably found a free lunch that was attacked/killed by something else.

It's been my experience that they're not as reef safe as they're claimed to be.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Wow thanx aquarick. The crab maybe an inch and my goby was about 4. Now I'm concerned for my jawfish. I already knew the crab was feisty cuz every time I go to look in tank he throws up his claws at me. Just didn't think he would be capable of killing something that big. 😭
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I have a yellow watchmen that I brought over from a 3 gal nano tank. I was at my LFS and asked about getting some crabs for the nano to help with some algae issues. the very first thing he told me was to stay away from Emerald crabs because of the goby and the pistol shrimp he was with. I ended up 86-ing the idea and picked up some snails instead. I would watch him closely, if you can, and see if he tries to go after the jaw fish.
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Emeralds are demons in my book , they Never look you straight in the eye and eat everything that's not tied down
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Emerald crabs, like all crabs, are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will always take a free meal. However, they have flat claws which aren't designed for ripping flesh. I doubt it killed the goby. It more than likely just found a free meal in the already dead or near dead goby.
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Emerald crabs, like all crabs, are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will always take a free meal. However, they have flat claws which aren't designed for ripping flesh. I doubt it killed the goby. It more than likely just found a free meal in the already dead or near dead goby.
With this being said... what else is in your tank that could have killed the goby?
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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Wow thanks for all the responses guys !! I truly appreciate it. My goby was totally gutted insides gone. I have snails, a couple hermits , 1 damsel, 2 clowns, jawfish, bicolor pseudo and a bristle starfish and a cleaner shrimp. And the crab was walking around with him eating. My boyfriend totally had a tug of war match to get the gobies body away from him
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:38 PM   #9
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I have a yellow watchmen that I brought over from a 3 gal nano tank. I was at my LFS and asked about getting some crabs for the nano to help with some algae issues. the very first thing he told me was to stay away from Emerald crabs because of the goby and the pistol shrimp he was with. I ended up 86-ing the idea and picked up some snails instead. I would watch him closely, if you can, and see if he tries to go after the jaw fish.
I did see my jawfish pop out on the crab and the crab got the jawfish and flung him. But that was a couple of days ago before the goby died.
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brittle starfish? What color? What size?
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