So yesterday I bought home some Xenia and while it was acclimating I noticed Patrick the sand sifting starfish slowly working his way past a rock. He suddenly jerks under the rock and I could see he was bring dragged in so I grabbed him and wrestled him away from the big black crab that I recently noticed hiding in there which put up quite a fight and was surprisingly strong.
I whipped the rock out and after a battle that ended up with a football sized rock being smashed to pieces I found THREE live crabs.
Worryingly I lost a beautiful juvenile imperator angel a few months ago that I found wedged in a rock in a peculiar way. I had a similarly difficult fight to pull it it of the rock and assumed at the time it had died and been pulled in by a crab or had had a moment of stupidity and committed fishy suicide. Now I have a feeling the crabs have murderous tendencies! Anyone have similar experience? My Dad and I have kept marine for years and always had hitchhiker crabs in tanks without incident. Are there any fish that get rid of them? I seem to be fighting a losing battle.
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