Crab ID Needed

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  1. Manic

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    Hey All,

    Busy cycling my tank at the moment and whilst watching my live rock tonight saw this little crab. Managed to catch him using a bit of raw fish and a glass. Just need some help identifying him. just wanna know if it is fish safe or if i must sump it.

    Thanks.

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    i would def sump him. those claws look hectic and as he gets bigger so will they! :(

    slip him in down below:)
     
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    oh, and well caught":) good job there, watch to see if there are any more, you often see two or three if there was one.
     
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    Alright Cool thanks. Put him in the sump now. Do I need to feed him anything or will he just eat the stuff in the sump? Put him with the live rock that i'm using in the sump.
     
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    dont worry about feeding him, he will scavange fine:) will be a nice part of the cuc down there.

    domt put in too much lr with him cause he might crawl into a hole in it and be reintroduced to the tank later on when you swap the LR out for some reason, but he will like some place to hide out down there.
     
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    If i decide to swap the rock i'll search for him. Don't want him eating any fish.

    Here's another pic of it...

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    lol if you were a mother crab you might even think he's quite sweet. good thing you got him:)
     
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    I really hope there isn't any more of them. It was impossible to find, actually found it by luck, and then it took me like 4 hours to catch it.
     
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    There are more ;)

    If you don't want him, please can I have him :)
     
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    Hi Manic - it's a "hairy gorrilla crab" (xanthid species). And yes - they should MUCH rather live in the sump than your tank. They chow inverts at night time. They just LOVE to kill starfish! (This is experience talking).
     
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    Don't put them in the sump. From my experience they just cane your pods population.

    Rather send them to mantis school :)
     
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    Yeah Warr - you would want that, hey! And you should visit me - I can show you the contrary :)
     
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