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Old 09-30-2003, 05:52 AM   #1
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Odd looking Crab Need ID

Ok I was checking out the tank tonight and seen this odd looking white crab.. I took him out of the tank to get a better look at him.. I have taken a picture and attached it to this thread.. Please help me identify this Unknown crab.

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Old 09-30-2003, 08:44 AM   #2
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I have no idea what kind of crab this is, ReefLady is good with crab ID, hopefully she'll check this out. No matter what the species...I know it would not be allowed to live in my tank
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ReefLady is good with crab ID, hopefully she'll check this out.
Urgghhhh.... crab ID's are horrible. LOL. All I can say is that I'm pretty sure it's a Xanthid, which doesn't narrow it down very much, just puts it into the category of a "round" reef crab.

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That I would agree with 100%. Even crabs which are 'primarily' herbivores are opportunistic predators, and will eat *whatever* is available when hungry. I would absolutely not keep any type of reef crab in my tank - I personally hesitate to add even Emerald crabs, and dislike hermits unless tiny.

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I actually have been keeping the crabs in there as they are extremely hard to catch.. I also have a mantis in there that has been taking care of a few crabs for me.. It seems as though the mantis and the crabs are the hardest to catch.. Any other suggestions as to how to catch the crabs???


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Any other suggestions as to how to catch the crabs???
Other than removing the rock that you know is it's "den" - it's pretty hard. I know that there are "crab traps" on the market, but I have no personal experience with them. You might want to run it by your LFS - or maybe someone else here has some experience with the trap?
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Take a straight sided glass (must be smooth glass), weight a piece of krill and put it in the bottom of the glass, lean the glass against a piece of LR and put it in the tank, right before the lights go out. If the crab enters the cup it should not be able to climb back out. There is also a trick with cutting the top off a two liter bottle, inverting the top, sticking it back in the bottle with some bait in the bottom. Same deal as above, it can get in, but can't get out.
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