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Old 10-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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a case of the crabs

I have a crab lurking in my tank. He's white with black tips on his claws. i never seen him until i had a recent diatom bloom on the sand and now he just hangs out in the sand all day eating diatoms. which i don't mind at all but just want to know what kind of crab it is.

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Can you get a better picture of his claws

Rounded = good algae eater

Pointed = not good and could easily munch a fish

Just remember all crabs are opportunists and will eat what they can when they can as the crab becomes large. If you cannot get a positive ID I would move him to the sump.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #3
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Can you get a better picture of his claws

Rounded = good algae eater

Pointed = not good and could easily munch a fish

Just remember all crabs are opportunists and will eat what they can when they can as the crab becomes large. If you cannot get a positive ID I would move him to the sump.

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I believe you have a gorilla crab , they are bad news
best way to catch is with a baited tilted glass that he can get into but not crawl out as the glass is slick , once you catch him and if you have a sump just drop him in there and let him live there
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I agree defo not one you want to have plodding round your DT
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Its not a gorilla crab. I compared mine to gorilla crab pictures and they are definitely not the same. mines always on the sand sifting through it. would be really easy to catch. he doesn't bother any corals and he doesn't even eat fish food that falls next to him. just loves munching sand
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after many many hours of reading and researching i found what it is. Lophopanopeus bellus bellus (Black-clawed crab) which feeds mostly on algae and plants.
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Stone crabs......don't let them pinch you, they can hurt really bad lol
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