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Old 10-11-2004, 04:45 PM   #1
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Wife named my bad hitchiker crab =(

I have one of these having a field day in my 10g tank:



(pic from www.tbsaltwater.com, they use it as their example of a bad crab)

The plan has long been to keep the crab right up until we get fish. The crab has so far gotten along with the Snails and Hermits in the tank. Every night, the crab goes around the tank to eat. It appears to be scraping good algae off rocks and munching on what few corals that came with my LR. It molted once, so it should be healthy.

Well, last night my wife and I were watching the crab pick at my Hidden Cup Coral and I was like, "I can not wait to give that thing back to the LFS when we get the fish." My wife responded with, "You can not get rid of Hairy!!!"

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Old 10-11-2004, 05:03 PM   #2
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lmao.. reminds me of how my mom named my snail hungry hermit little bastard and refused to get rid of him too...
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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Hairy or Harry? difference in context (loophole for you).

Well, my daughter just named our Mantis Shrimp Tomato.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:27 PM   #4
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It must be Harry, based on the crab being hairy
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:56 PM   #5
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Last night I moved my tank to my new house. My wife made a big deal about getting the crab over there safely. I put all of the live rock in a bucket full of tank water, and left the one rock containing the crab for last. I put the crab rock right wedged in between two other rocks so the crab could not get out. I made 100% certain I had the crab in the rock when I put it in the bucket. When I got to the new house, the crab had evacuated despite my efforts his rock and I could not find him. I checked every rock twice, gave up, and put them in the tank. 15 minutes later...

Wife, "Where is Harry? Why is Harry gone? Did you crush him under a rock? You better not have hurt my crab!"

Looks like I get to re-aquascape the tank tonight as I check all the rocks
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Old 10-29-2004, 03:04 PM   #6
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Aww... that's funny! Good luck, and hope you find him! *wink*
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:42 PM   #7
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I got one just like it . My lfs said he is an algae eater and I guess it's right. I tossed a piece of shrimp at him and he crawled to the other end trying to get away from it.
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Old 10-29-2004, 05:07 PM   #8
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Poor guy.. I was scrolling down the list and as soon as I saw "Wife named.." I knew exactly what must have happened. Hooray for hitchiker crabs.
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Old 10-29-2004, 05:10 PM   #9
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This crab is gonna stress me out until I catch it. I am sitting at work worrying about it :P

I like the crab too, but my wife is fanatical about it
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I admit, it is kind of cute in its own crabtastic way.
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