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Old 05/22/2014, 09:56 AM   #1
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Found another crab on my SPS, is it good for the SPS?

Found another crab on my SPS, is it good for the SPS?


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Old 05/22/2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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Found another crab on my SPS, is it good for the SPS?

Doesn't look good. Is he hairy?


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:09 AM   #3
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You can see how he is kinda hairy. Doesn't look good.


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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He has a little hair on the legs, should I just throw him away?

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Old 05/22/2014, 10:19 AM   #5
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I couldn't see it on my phone(tapatalk). But if he's hairy, throw him in the sump.


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:32 AM   #6
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Hi,

I am not an expert on crabs, but it might be worth reading "Myth 7" in this article.

More myths can be found in my reading list thread (refer to "Mything the Point" articles written by Eric Borneman, which is under "Reef Keeping").

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Old 05/22/2014, 10:38 AM   #7
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I think the "hairy" statement is more of a rule of thumb. I assume, although no reference to actual proof that most likely a hairy crab is bad for SPS. That's why I try to catch this crab in the first place. And, FYI it is VERY difficult to actually catch this one.

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Hi,

I am not an expert on crabs, but it might be worth reading "Myth 7" in this article.

More myths can be found in my reading list thread (refer to "Mything the Point" articles written by Eric Borneman, which is under "Reef Keeping").

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Old 05/22/2014, 10:44 AM   #8
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Couple more pictures to help with the ID.


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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Does the crab stay with your acropora at all times or wander off from it from time to time?


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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It had been staying inside the Acro ever since I first noticed him. For about a month now.

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Old 05/22/2014, 10:56 AM   #11
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no question that is a SPS eating crab.


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Old 05/22/2014, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thank you for the confirmation. Can you share with us how you can tell from looking at it?

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no question that is a SPS eating crab.



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Old 05/22/2014, 11:53 AM   #13
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guess Ive caught and killed enough to recognize it


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Old 05/22/2014, 08:29 PM   #14
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Black claws=no good


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Old 05/22/2014, 08:52 PM   #15
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This is the first time I hear black claws=bad. So, the rule of thumb is hairy + black claws = most likely bad?


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Old 05/22/2014, 09:47 PM   #16
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Looks like a Black Mithrax Crab to me. Many people keep them in their reef tanks with no issues. However, yours appears to be a large male which are more prone to picking.


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Old 05/22/2014, 10:55 PM   #17
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This is the first time I hear black claws=bad. So, the rule of thumb is hairy + black claws = most likely bad?
Of course this is not always the case but it seems to be at least a good banish to the sump amd then make a decision guideline


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Old 05/22/2014, 11:12 PM   #18
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Thank you for the confirmation. Can you share with us how you can tell from looking at it?
The good acro crabs are completely smooth and have a band running the carapace from eye stalk to eye stalk.


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Old 05/23/2014, 03:37 AM   #19
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Just caught one more crab. Not sure why, but it must had been in my tank for more than 8 months and I didn't even notice it before. I guess once you start looking at it, you will find it simply because you are looking.
I suspect this is a gorilla crab. But I am not sure, can anyone else confirm this?


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Old 05/23/2014, 05:00 AM   #20
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Hairy, bulky... if it looks like one and smells like one....


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Old 05/23/2014, 06:34 AM   #21
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That crab is bad no doubt about it.


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