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Old 01-31-2004, 12:00 PM   #1
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Hitchhiker crab ID-- Xanthid ???

Can someone help me identify these hitchhikers on my new batch of LR?
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Old 01-31-2004, 05:51 PM   #2
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Old 01-31-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Tagging along, I had a ton of those in my rocks but got rid of them. I watched them for about a month and then decided I didnt trust them.
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:58 PM   #4
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They certainly don't look trustworthy
I also plan on gettng rid of them.
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Why are they bad? I had these in my Liverocks.com order. I removed some but some made it in the tank.

I have a couple of crabs that are white furry little suckers.
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I know the white furry ones are bad, I seen them in action in my tank.
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:18 AM   #7
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hmm, Might have to do some crab hunting.

I tried the glass trick but I only got one hermit. I guess the sinking pellets were not enticing enough. Any good crab catching tricks?

I had a big one that I was able to corner but most are smaller and too agile.
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Hermits may or not be bad. They will go after snails for their shells. I have some scarlet and some blue leg as well as some micro hermits in my 125. The hitchhikers in the liverocks I believe are a predatory crab that will go after fish, given the chance. Not what I want in my tank.
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I did not mean to say I was catching hermits. I tried to catch some hitchhiker crabs like pictured above with a glass tilted on edge with some food in the bottom. I only got one hermit though. I just released him back into the tank.

I had a crab I noticed over the weekend that was just like the ones above but he was huge. I posted a pic in a thread in this forumn. He had to have grown since I got my rock. I swear I could of cooked him and got some meat out of it! He is now residing in my spare/QT tank.
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Hmmm, crab cakes. Yummy.
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