Fragging decorative crab!!!!!

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  1. MistaOrange

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    For the last week I've noticed that some of my zoa from different colonies have disappeared which was flipn confusing & searched the tank flat but no sign of the zoa polyps until lastnight when I noticed my decorative crab happily running aroung showing off his his new decorations. The missing zoa & some sponge which he gladly borrowed from a rock. Nawty bugger:devil:. Anyway here are some pics of the little shit. Here he is between 2 rocks
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  3. Q89

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    Awesome! now I also want one :lol:
     
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    That is Hilarious and annoying at the same time.... a crab with his new Zoa and sponge Pyjamas....;)
     
  5. Tremayn

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    Thats pretty cool hey :)
     
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    WTF,does this crab dress himself up in zoas or anythin he can find?
    what does he look like without decor?
     
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    That is cool!!! I love decorator crabs!!! They ALWAYS look different, depending on what is in your tank. I have seen one with a tubeworm on it, and even one with some star polyps... Hectic cool!!!
     
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    LOL he is saving you time and effort by fragging for you :lol:
     
  9. Jaco Schoeman

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    Not sure if yours is a different species, but here is the one I have got in my tank, living on it's symbiotic whip coral. It is a xenocarcinus tuberculatus. This photo is not the exact one I have, but this is a much better close up of what they look like without the "decoration":

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    Here is the actual one in my tank, he often takes the whip coral polyps and sticks it on his back...:

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    Here's a good photo of them with whip coral polyps attahed:

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    Here is one (not sure if it is the tuberculatus though) that dwells on rockwork etc.

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    Did you know, that they grow to about 4inches, and once they are big enough, they do not decorate anymore, as they fend for themselves...
     
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    :thumbup: Keep us updated on the growout!
     
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    Michael!! THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!! :D :D :D

    Hahaha! I was very briefly on your side of the world yesterday to try and help Dave ID some grasses, wanted to give you (and Johan) a shout to say hi but I had the girlfriend reigning me in as I was already late for a dinner event that evening. :( Will have to make another plan soon bud! :) And Also - I want to see more pics of your tank! E-mail them to me! Hehehehe, D
     
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    Why must woman always spoil our fun? If I could sell my wife, do you know how much money I can spend on my tank every month, and not on her makeup, creams, hairsprays and what not... :whistling:
     
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    careful she might be lurking in the shadows somewhere :lol:
     
  14. MistaOrange

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    When I first got him he actually looked (excuse the pun) like a rock spider with these pieces of rock stuck on him neatly everywhere & not showing any limbs or any bit of shell so I have no clue what he looks like. When I saw him I just had to take him & what a character he is & really funny. Here's some more pics
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    these crabs give me the heebies. i prefer popm pom crabs
     
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    Lol dane youre quite a busy person hey!!;). Well give me a shout anytime buddy & pm your addy & I'll mail you some pics of what's living in the tanks. There's not much rock work happening in the main tank as I've been unsure how to lay out exactly what I want. I'd really like todo a DIY rock face feature looking like a Hawaiian tribal mask with lighting effects at the back of the tank but must just get down to it but I get so busy with every other DIY ideas (sidetracked) & totally forget about it.
     
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