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Old 10-06-2004, 07:37 PM   #1
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How to handle crabs?

I know I've seen this discussed but I can't find it now . . . how do you get a crab from bag/tank when he's acclimated? I usually dump fish into a net so I don't transfer any LFS water, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to net crabs with their itty bitty feet . . . should I risk the traces of LFS water that might be left in the bag and just dump (on the bottom of the tank)? Pick up with gloves? Use a slotted spoon?
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:30 PM   #2
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A very fine brine shrimp net works well for small inverts, otherwise use your hands, preferably wearing gloves.
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:52 PM   #3
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No LFS water in tank , bad idea as you know... I pick them up from behind or I use a food strainer
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. Looks like a couple more items on my to-buy list!
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1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
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Just use your hands...
they aren't gonna take off a finger...
I take everything from my bag dump it into my hands @ the kitchen sink then walk to the living room and drop em in the tank...
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dont use a metal spoon!!
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Old 10-07-2004, 12:48 PM   #8
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Hee, XX Firefighter, wasn't worried about taking off a finger! More like my hands would be bad for him. The crab in question is an emerald, BTW, and I have to say I'm amazed at how much he poops! He hung out on a rock all night stuffing algae into his mouth as fast as his claws would go and this morning the whole rock is surrounded by crab poop. Man, he has a busy digestive system!
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