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Old 05-02-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
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i had a white looking crab come in on my acro i just recived today. he is still alive but wont come out of the coral. he just stays in the center. will this hurt the coral? hes cool looking i hope he comes out. hes no biger then the eraser on the end of a pencil
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Probably a "gall crab," often commensal by attaining food and/or shelter directly from the coral yet keeping it free of parasites.
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nice. thats cool then i like that. i will do a search on that type and see if it is that. but it sounds like it.
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i had a white looking crab come in on my acro i just recived today. he is still alive but wont come out of the coral. he just stays in the center.
I`m sure he comes out when the light goes out. Try a nite time peek on him.
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Sounds lika a common acro crab. A pic would help be sure. They are harmless, and possibly even beneficial to the coral.
Here is a pic of one- http://www.fitermania.com/75gallonre..._with_crab.jpg
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:30 PM   #6
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lol yep thats him.. hes cool looking.
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acro crab is a good bonus...
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i hope so.. though i never have seen him out yet. he like to hide in the center of the coral and i only see him when he moves about the coral.
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It will not leave the coral. They rely on the coral for food and protection. If the coral dies the crabs dies as well.
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What a cool hitcher.

Just bought 45lb of live rock hoping to get some good hitchers or even some good plant/coral "Frags" so to speak but nothing but dying plant life.

Great extra, congrats.
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