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Old 12-17-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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Anemone Disaster

I had a small bubble tip anemone in my tank for about 4 months, and It seemed to be doing fine, that is until I bought a hooded crab!

My LFS is notorious for having weird things, and me being easily persuaded, I bought this creepy looking thing. I believe its a hooded crab, I'll try and find a pic of it later, but anyway here is what happened...

It was about midnight and I was just about to turn off my lights when I noticed that creepy crab hunched over where my anemone was... He had picked it up and started EATING it! I was so disgusted and pissed because the lady at my LFS told me it WON'T harm anything....

After about 3 minutes of chomping all over my anemone, the crab dropped it and went away. I looked at my anemone and it was tore up pretty badly. I then decided to take the anemone out to save my other fish and the next day I took back the hooded crab and exchanged it for some blue legged hermits/ snails /live rock and braches. Now my tank is safe, i'd like to keep it that way!

**Does Anyone have CREEPY and or GROSS fish/inverts in their tank, that most people would think is very gross, that they would like to share, because that hooded crab was very sick**
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Old 12-17-2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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Sally Lightfoot Crabs look pretty creepy, try one of those.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:27 PM   #3
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That sucks! Where were your fearless clownfish to defend it?

Regarding creepies.. I have a horseshoe crab and he is pretty creepy.
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try a walking batfish...
NOTHING creepier NOTHING !
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Old 12-17-2004, 05:51 PM   #5
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**puke** haha that is creepy, what about Scorpion fish?
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Old 12-18-2004, 10:29 AM   #6
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I'm lucky....my clowns will nudge anything crawling on the sand away from their anemone....snails, hermits, bristle worms etc.
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If the person at the lfs said it wouldn't hurt anything I would go back there and ask them to replace your anemone!
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i think a hungry crab will eat anything he can...might have just been starving at the fish store...sorry about that man...that sucks
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Old 12-18-2004, 06:15 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your anenome. I would bring this up to the LFS and see what they can do for you. Try to make a habbit of not adding anything to your tank before you run it past the good folks here.
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is a hooded crab the same thing as an arrow crab? those look like they really tear up a tank!

good advice lando. i learned the hard way with a sandsifter with out running it by the people on this forum

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