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Hi All,

So my tank is now fully operational. Got some LR from Lanzo yesterday and it looks amazing... Yes yes I know Pics.. Friday I promise.. Anyway From my very novice and amateur opinion I think the rock is superb- Thanks Lanzo..

When I got home last night I looked into the tank and noticed some movement which I could not believe- but sure enough there was a little crab- he was super skittish and difficult to get a real look at let alone a pic. he was real small - like 10c peice - white with what looked like red stripes.

Im not sure if I should be ecstatic or not, My wife did't really understand my excitement till she saw it which had her captivated too-YES, YES YES.- (Had doubts bout putting this up in case Lanzo charges me more for the rock..;))

Nontheless i have this little bugger- he is alive and kicking but dont know if he is a pestr to be rid of? If not do I have to feed him? How? Do I have to try catch him? Its a new tank starting to cycle so dont want the little dude to peg?


Is this usual? Should I be worried?

Sorry Im not really sure of this all - hence a beginner I guess..
All answers would be most appreciated..
Mike
 
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Hey Mike,

Good to hear you are up and running.

Crabs are dubious creatures insofar our reef tanks are concerned. Some are perfectly harmless, while others will eventually become a nuisance by snacking on unsuspecting small/sleepy livestock.

Try and get a photo so we can help you ID the little guy.
Better yet , try to catch him and put him in a container. Then we can help you ID the little guy and then decide whether he goes back in the tank or give him to other reefers that have a sump.

Insofar feeding is concerned: I wouldn't worry about it . Crabs are scavengers and will eat pretty much anything on the LR and substrate.
 

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post a pic, and worst case he will live in your sump/dsb, i have about 4 there already :)
 
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Ok will try get a pic he's super ellusive.... I know he's probably a pest but Still super excited to see some life happening.. Dallas - sorry to be naive but I have the nano 550 Boyu- so not sure he would be too happy in the sump- maybe best to donate him to someone-
Away to Zambia till friday morning- will renew efforts then to catch the bugger.. was kind of hoping he was a harmless dude.

A shot in the dark , But Lanzo presumably should know his ID, as maybe seen him before? Ill ask him
Thanks for the help

Mike
 

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there are plenty types of crabs on LR, but should u want to get rid of him, keep me in mind :)
 
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Ok will try get a pic he's super ellusive.... I know he's probably a pest but Still super excited to see some life happening.. Dallas - sorry to be naive but I have the nano 550 Boyu- so not sure he would be too happy in the sump- maybe best to donate him to someone-
Away to Zambia till friday morning- will renew efforts then to catch the bugger.. was kind of hoping he was a harmless dude.

A shot in the dark , But Lanzo presumably should know his ID, as maybe seen him before? Ill ask him
Thanks for the help

Mike
Mike , don't stress too much about the crab. He may indeed be quite harmless.

In any event it is indeed great to see new life just "popping" up :thumbup:

BTW: Whereabouts in Zambia are you travelling to ?
 

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most prob just a small Porcelain Crab
 
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Doing a round trip, going to Lusaka for today and Livingstone tommorrow. Work in the Hotels and Development Sector (Legacy Hotels) and we busy building a development in Lusaka and a new Hotel in Livingstone at the falls. always changing exciting work..
 
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And Apollo, actually been thinking that , we have 2 hotels at the V& A in Cape Towm. Portswood and Commodore. Thought we should arrange a "convention weekend" there for all the fishkeeprs in the country.. Next door to the 2 oceans aquarium, amazing sceneray, could have a tour and behind scenes look at the aquarium followed by guest speakers etc.. Probably a throw away idea, but could be great
 
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And Apollo, actually been thinking that , we have 2 hotels at the V& A in Cape Towm. Portswood and Commodore. Thought we should arrange a "convention weekend" there for all the fishkeeprs in the country.. Next door to the 2 oceans aquarium, amazing sceneray, could have a tour and behind scenes look at the aquarium followed by guest speakers etc.. Probably a throw away idea, but could be great

Mike, that sounds like a really good idea.

I asked the same question some time ago regarding an annual or bi-annual event for all MASA members and of course sponsors.
Would be a great way to network and share knowledge.

Let's keep this idea of yours in mind .;)
 
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it aint a mantis... will try get a pic when im back..

Apollo, If you/anyone else is keen to pursue a weekend convention etc. I can definalty arrange, accomodation, conference facilities etc at a very preferential rate.( by far cheaper than anywhere else) Hell thinking about it I could probably arrange weekend stay at one of our properties as a prize raffle give away?

If anyone keen to pursue , let me know.

I have no marine tank experience but am happy to contribute my way into the community
 

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sounds good, i am in :)
 

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and they keep the dsb clean, but i do move them around to keep them happy and a nice food supply
 
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Hi MikeR. Glad to hear some exitement (from the wife especially!!!) I had four crabs in my tank about a month ago. I lost two hermit crabs under the claws of these crabs. The ones I had though is called "something hairy crabs" or some sort... Anyway, pics would be best, let the experts ID it. I caught my last crab last nigh, and put it in my sump.

Yeah me too...The sin bin is where they end up.Good thing to have;)
So do you guys suggest to keep him in my DSB? Wont it kill off the other life there?
Not sure whether I should dispose of it or keep it? It did kill my hermit...:(
 

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And Apollo, actually been thinking that , we have 2 hotels at the V& A in Cape Towm. Portswood and Commodore. Thought we should arrange a "convention weekend" there for all the fishkeeprs in the country.. Next door to the 2 oceans aquarium, amazing sceneray, could have a tour and behind scenes look at the aquarium followed by guest speakers etc.. Probably a throw away idea, but could be great
AWESOME idea Mike! If you can arrange the venue - I am MORE than sure we can get enough reefers to visit!
Like a mini-IMACSA ;)

If it is convenient for Hennie, we can ask him to speak - as well as Irie Ivan (he knows his sh*t w.r.t SPS - or perhaps even ask Millepora if can visit at the time - or SunBurst - to talk about SPS!
Some other guru's can perhaps talk about other topics....

Let's start a poll - and get this ball ROLLING! :thumbup:

BTW: Portswood is RIGHT next to one of my clients - Allan Gray... anyone know them ;)
 

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