Well, some of you probably know about my struggle to rid my tank of hairy crabs.
We've pulled out about 8 - some as large as a nickel. Last night my bf was watching the tank - on a crab hunt. He witnessed a hairy crab kill yet another scarlet hermit (those poor guys are getting massacred). Then he saw something that I thought was very strange.
Reel, my yellowtailed damsel, is very nice - so far - he gets along with all the other fish especially his buddy Rod, an ocellaris clown. Well, after the hairy crab was finished with the hermit Reel swam over and started "pecking", for lack of a better word, at the crab, then he turned around and smacked the crab with his tail a couple of times. A couple hours later we were able to catch the hairy crab - death penalty no trial.
My question is: Was this behavior from Reel a sign he is getting more aggressive? He still gets picked on by all the green chromis (all 4 even ones smaller than him).
My bf said the whole fight was pretty comical - and nearly died when Reel started smacking the crab with his tail.