White Crab

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by Al, 16 Jul 2008.

  1. Al

    Al

    Joined:
    23 May 2008
    Posts:
    403
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Hi Guy's,

    I noticed this evening something burrowing in the sand. Had closer look and it looks like a white crab in in the sand trying come to the surface.

    Do i catch this crab or leave him in the tank?Is this a good or bad thing.
     
  2. Guest




  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    24,226
    Likes Received:
    128
    Location:
    Point Waterfront Durban
    Can you get a pic of this guy? Personally i dont trust any crab,if you can catch him out,do so and place him in your sump.
     
  4. OP
    Al

    Al

    Joined:
    23 May 2008
    Posts:
    403
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Unfortunately i cant get a picture. His still under in the sand. He's burrowing a hole up so he can come to the surface. He's completely white. If i can get a pic i will post it.
     
  5. sunburst

    sunburst

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    2,420
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    Durban
    Agree. What does'nt pay rent must come out.:)
     
  6. irshaad

    irshaad

    Joined:
    15 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    319
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Cape Town
    How would u go about catching a crab?
    I have a huge one in my tank which is too fast to catch with net or hand.
    I've read about using a glass jar with bait to lure him in, so he cant get out coz of slippery surface.
    I havnt tried it yet as i feel my two shrimps will attack the bait before the crab crab can get to it.
    Anyone ever used this method? Is there any other way of catching him? oh, he also doesnt come out if anyones around, comes out mostly at nite, that's when u hear the tapping on the glass
     
  7. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    That is the best method, give your shrimps some separate tidbits before hand and also try this after dark.
     
  8. Raven

    Raven

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    891
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Alberton
    Dude - this must be one huge crab if you can hear him tap on the glass...;)


    I agree - take him out, and the best method is to lure him into a jar...
     
  9. irshaad

    irshaad

    Joined:
    15 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    319
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Yeah, it IS huge, well relatively huge. it freaked me out the first time i saw it, was a hitchhiker. A lot of my smaller fish just started dissapearing, fire goby, cleaner wrasse.. he used to squeeze himself sumhow into a 2cm hole in the LR. Back then he had about a 3.5cm body, now his probably near the 4.5cm mark and has a new hole. Oh it gets worst tho, there were intially TWO of them (similar size), but havnt seen the smaller one in 2 months now
     
  10. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    24,226
    Likes Received:
    128
    Location:
    Point Waterfront Durban
    Heres a guy that was probably less than a cm when i first spotted him,Also found my fish disappearing, so caught him out.
    31102007547.jpg
     
  11. lappiesreef

    lappiesreef

    Joined:
    7 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,416
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    PTA
    Oh shit ! I found a crab mault that looks just like that last night!!
    The bottle method it is..
     
  12. Rory

    Rory Admin

    Joined:
    5 May 2007
    Posts:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    JHB
    Wow that's a nasty looking bugger!
     
  13. 2balive

    2balive

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    2,179
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Camps Bay, Cape Town
    Small white crab

    I have a small white crab with a black face, been in my tank since I added the first live rock.

    Never seen it damage anything, very shy and even the fish chase it away from food.

    Impossible to get a picture.

    Think it is save to leave?
     
  14. OP
    Al

    Al

    Joined:
    23 May 2008
    Posts:
    403
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Thanks Len. I havent seen him again.
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - White Crab Forum Date
Urgent help needed white scary hairy crab Urgent Help Needed 1 May 2013
White Hairy Crab discovered after all my fish vanished! New Members 2 Jan 2011
White spot General Discussions and Advice Friday at 22:23
T5s white or blue General Discussions and Advice 1 Jul 2017
Purple Tang strange white marks Quarantine Tanks, Sick fish, QT, Coral help 11 Jun 2017
[wtd] Red Sea Max C 130 in white Wanted 16 May 2017
Welcome RED SEA Reefer 425XL White Display Tank JungleAquatics.NET BLOG 4 Mar 2017