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Old 04-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hitchhiker crab destroying snail population!

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Recently I have been noticing a decline in my snail population. I would look in my tank in the morning and there would just be empty snail shells on the sand. I thought maybe they were just dying of old age but I was wrong. I've had this black hitchhiker crab (he is huge) in my tank for a very long time. I saw him today eating one of my snails out of the shell. I then looked into his little cave area and he has a collection of snail shells from the snails he has killed. How do I catch him?! He needs to leave now
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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put some raw seafood in a net inside the tank, he'll find it, then pull it up. its a waiting game tho
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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alright I will try that. This crab is very wary its gonne be a tough catch
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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That or you can put some meaty food in a glass that is tilted sideways. They can get in but can't get the traction to get out!
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I would just make a trap out of a small water bottle. It will be able to get in but won't be able to get out.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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Can you get a photo? I'd like to see it
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:57 PM   #7
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+1 on the pic
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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All good ideas thanks. I will have to try them out. I will try to get a pic but it is hard. He is always hiding in the crevaces of the live rock where it is dark so pictures don't turn out well. But I'll try
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This is the best I could get on the iPhone. Can't really see him but you can see one of the snails that has fell victim to him
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If you catch it, pics, pics, pics!!!
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