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Morph
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PostPosted: 2010.06.14(Mon)2:48    Post subject: Stranger in the tank Reply with quote

I recently lost a sand star because 'something' loped it's legs off one by one.
I asked my fish supplier and they thought I might have a crab lurking in the tank. I have never introduced a crab into my tank. Yesterday my Flame Scallop was a picture of health. Today it's been ravaged. On closer inspection I noticed the husk of a crab about 2 cm across. This husk is very similar to that shed by my cleaner and fire shrimps. My cleaner shrimp appeared to be feeding off it. I have removed the crab husk and will take it to my fish supplier tomorrow, hopefully for identification.
I obviously do have a crab in the tank and it must have come with the LR some two and a half years ago.
Can anyone suggest how I can catch it and remove it from the tank?
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PostPosted: 2010.06.14(Mon)6:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Set a trap?
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)1:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you be more specific please. For instance can a crab trap be purchased? What bait? Don't want to pollute the tank etc.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)2:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

This needs to be in Marine.

You can buy traps or you can use a baited bottle.
Take a plastic bottle - cut off the top and reverse it so that if a crab goes in it can't get out. Effectively make a mini lobster pot. Make some small holes near the bottom so it sinks.
Put some mysis or similar in the trap and set it in the tank overnight. It may take a few nights.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)17:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good. Many thanks.
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PostPosted: 2011.12.06(Tue)1:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I obviously do have a crab in the tank and it must have come with the LR some two and a half years ago.
Can anyone suggest how I can catch it and remove it from the tank?




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You can buy traps or you can use a baited bottle.
Take a plastic bottle - cut off the top and reverse it so that if a crab goes in it can't get out. Effectively make a mini lobster pot. Make some small holes near the bottom so it sinks.
Put some mysis or similar in the trap and set it in the tank overnight. It may take a few nights.


Catching crabs can be a regretful experience.
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