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Old 08-13-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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I got this little crab, it's red, about the size of a quarter. I just thought it looked fun at the lfs. So i put it in my tank and it burrowed into the sand and i haven't seen it for 3 days! Is this normal? Will it be okay? At the store the substrate was only a quarter inch so it couldnt disappear.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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I don't know about the particular crab your talking about but I live near the coast and crabs burrow into the sand all the time. Is it a red burrowing crab?? Does he look like this??

http://www.bluezooaquatics.com/produ...d=354&pid=6969
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what it looks like! I have about a 4 inch sandbed so i may never see him again! Lol. Thanks for the link!
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Haha! You'll see him eventually I'm sure! Try feeding one night, turn your lights off for an hour and go in and look for him. I bet he has a nice hole somewhere near your live rock. He will come out soon enough!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:58 PM   #5
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I had the same issue with my red crab, it hid for like a week, I thought he was gone. But it ended up coming out eventually but wasn't very fun to watch it just hid in my LR. Then I found three of its legs around my tank and him just barely alive, I think my damsels got um.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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Damsels are wicked! I think the crab is cool but couldn't find much info on them. Do they need to be able to get to the surface occasionally? I know some crabs do but was curious as to what your LFS said.
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