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Old 11-02-2004, 12:01 PM   #11
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Kurt, I'll have to try that glass. You talking about a drinking glass? Maybe a tall shot glass would work since I'm sure the trap would have to set in areas where there's a bunch of rock? This fellow doesn't seem to wander too far away from the rock.
What kind of meat? Shrimp?
Ya, a fairly tall glass, or you can cut the top off a 16 OZ plastic bottle, but you would have to weight that down, much lighter than the glass.
I caught my mantis be using scallop shavings, however I'm sure small pieces of shrimp would work fine.
Plan on catching a few of your other critter. I caught at least 5 hermits and one of my cleaner shrimp before I got him.

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Old 11-02-2004, 12:50 PM   #12
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Oh, and I'll definitely take a photo when I get him out tonight. Cuz when he went into the tank, he was maybe 1" across, counting his legs.
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Old 11-02-2004, 01:16 PM   #13
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A word to the wise, be careful of who you tell you have crabs.
Doing so could seriously impact your social life. Jeff

Seriously. Good luck with the crab hunt. I'd love to see a pic of the b*stard.
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:36 PM   #14
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the crab most likely in your tank is a decorator crab some crabs are hard to cath but i suggest you try looking at night with a flashlight since most are nocturnal and place a small amount of food in a net then wait for him to go inside
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Old 11-02-2004, 06:19 PM   #15
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I was able to remove a couple of larger crabs using my net.

The larger ones seem to be more bold and so therefore they move out onto the sand away from the rocks. Its easier to get a net on them when they do that.
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Old 11-02-2004, 07:28 PM   #16
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im not trying to change the subject but all this talk about agrresive crabs have got me thinking my pompom crab might be dangerous. i dont think this crab is but just to be safe
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:17 PM   #17
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I had to pull rock to get to him, and it was rough...but I did it.
My camera's not very good, and I didn't have anything handy to show the scale/size of this thing...but the tub he's in is an 18 gallon rubbermaid tub.
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:18 PM   #18
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I used an XTerminator mantis shrimp trap, and successfully captured about 7 crabs in my tank that I was never able to get with the "tilted glass with food" trick. Got my largest crabs in that mantis shrimp trap, I was pleasantly surprised.
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