WTF Emerald crab!

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    Dana42078 Dana

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    Okay my first living thing in my tank was my emerald crab.....just bought a new turbo snail. I'm looking at the crab clean the outside of the new turbo and then BAM he takes a huge chunk out of the snail! WTF! Is he mad because hes new or what. He hasnt done this before to my knowledge.
     
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    Sorry to tell you but it happens with them, my crabs got banished to the sump becuase my tank was turning into a snail graveyard
     
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    SeaBee Ha Ha Thats Funny!

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    Yup, get used to finding empty snail shells.
     
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    I love the emotion shown in your post :p did not see that coming haha.

    stupid crabs though :frustrat:
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Emerald crabs usually are not predatorial on snails. Is your emerald crab really really big? That's not common behavior at all.
     
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    Thank you.......I got three and all I ever see them do is hang out in the rocks and pick at them. They are a very interesting creature to watch at work.:Cheers:
     
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    Mine's head is about 1-1.5" across (he's bigger than my smaller clown). I caught him one night holding a snail shell and sticking his claw in it and pulling snail guts out.

    From LA:"Many aquarists supplement the Emerald Crab's diet with dried seaweed and chopped meaty foods, such as shrimp, as well as a quality pellet fish food. Otherwise, this opportunistic feeder may turn to corals, invertebrates, or small fish for a food source"
     
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    I totally agree but, it only took about 2 months for mine to get that big. He was a tiny little guy before that
     
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    Toolman RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH

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    Wow I thought my water was off I need some of yours mine have been the tank for 6 months and have hardly grown. Do you live near a reactor site? :mrgreen:
     
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    Haha no, he was about the size of a nickel when i got the tank 6 months ago but, has molted almost everytime that I've done a water change
     
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    Maybe your new tank doesn't have enough algae for him. If thats the case you could try putting an algae sheet in there.
     
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