live rock hitchhiker

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  1. omer

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    i noticed today that with the live rock came some small crab and a small shrimp.
    i intend of having a reef in my tank the question is are the crab and the shrimp can stay in the tank?
     
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    it depends on what crab and shrimp it is will need some pics of them and :welcome6:
     
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    thanks i will post them soon
     
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    Normally shrimps are safe but crabs tend to be destructive of our reefs.
     
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    how do i take the crab out? he is +-0.5mm and he hides in the holes of the live rock?
     
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    Sump the live rock or try to pull him out with tweezers...
     
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    this is the crab, camouflaged in the middle
    25224b1d6b6d7b8d5.jpg
     
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    The shrimp is most likely a Mantis shrimp, and must go. Is it small and green?

    Most Crabs are OK when small, but most are destructive when getting bigger. Put the piece of LR he is on in the sump.
     
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    or Saron shrimp
     
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    i will try to take a photo of the shrimp he is very shy.
     
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    rule of thumb is if a crab has black or pointed claws, its not reef friendly! and i agree with the previous posters, only shrimp i've seen come in on live rock are mantis, and they are baadddd news! unless you plan to keep one in a species-only tank.
     
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    finelly managed to take a photo of the shrimp not the best quality, is he good for the reef tank?
    what kind of shrimp is he?
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    looks like a pistol shrimp to me...
     
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    if crab is hairy, bad news, funy my reef is 2 years old and never introduced LR since and still see the odd nasty hitchhicker ???
     
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    Place a tall glass against the live rock and add something fishy like marine mix in there. Leave it for a few days and the crab should go in but he will not be able to climb out of the glass:thumbup:

    Oh and a warm Welcome to the MASA community:thumbup:
     

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