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Old 10-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Help with a crab!

My husband and I have had our 55 gallon tank set up for 3 weeks now. Live rock and live sand. In my latest batch of live rock from the local pet store, we have acquired a little crab. I figured he would not make it as our water parameters are not quite right yet. However, this afternoon when I got home from work I saw little "footprints" in the sand and tonight I found him! My question is now that I know he's made it- now 3 days- should we put anything in the tank to feed him? I like the little creature and don't want to lose him if possible!!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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You could always put a little bit of brine shrimp in there
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Try to get a pic to identify, even tho he's cool he could cause problems later.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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Agreed. If you plan on setting up a reef, you need to ID the crab before corals go in...... Many are not reef safe.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:32 AM   #5
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You could remove him and put him in another container like a medium sized tupperware. This will keep him safe and you can feed him all you want. lol
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This is the best pic I could get of it.

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Old 10-11-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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Might be a gorilla crab. Google pictures and see if it looks like yours. If it is, you will probably want to get rid of him. I had one that went after a cleaner shrimp. They will eat any thing they can catch.
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Ok. I will definitely do that!
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #9
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Checkout emerald crabs too. SE Fl emeralds have hair legs.
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Looks extremely close to a emerald crab, the fuzzly legs, green body and the face is perfect....not 100% but mose likely its a beneficial emerald crab to add to your CUC. GL
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