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Old 01/10/2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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Tiny Pink Crab on Pink Birdsnest ?

Had a tiny pink crab hitchhike in on a Pink Birdsnest.

Do you think it's safe?

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Old 01/10/2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Old 01/10/2008, 05:03 PM   #3
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Any pics? Sometimes there are hitchiker crabs that are okay. If its hairy, I'd throw it out, but otherwise, I'd say its a coral crab that doesn't need to be removed, but a picture of it would be very helpful


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Old 01/10/2008, 05:12 PM   #4
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Gonna try to get a pic a little later.

It's not hairy at all. I think it's going to be ok but I'll see about a pic so I can make sure.

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Old 01/11/2008, 09:20 AM   #5
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A picture would help, but I'm willing to bet that what you've got is a commensal acro crab. If so, they're completely harmless and may be beneficial to your coral.


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Old 01/11/2008, 06:58 PM   #6
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Old 01/11/2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:12 PM   #11
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That is no acro crab and those look like polyp eaters to me. Right in the garbage he goes.....


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Old 01/11/2008, 11:17 PM   #12
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That's a Trapezia, an obligate commensal crab on lives on pocilloporid corals. It's harmless and even beneficial to its host.


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Old 01/12/2008, 05:56 AM   #13
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That's a Trapezia, an obligate commensal crab on lives on pocilloporid corals. It's harmless and even beneficial to its host.
Thanks Leslie, pocilloporid corals, would that include pink birdsnest? That's the coral that I obtained, but the crab was actually in the bottom of the bag.

And should I try to place the crab into the coral?

Any help you could give me would be much appreciated as I've never had a good crab before.

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Old 01/12/2008, 07:21 PM   #14
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The crab has been isolated for about three days now.

Can I try to feed it before placing back into reef?

And what do you think it will eat?


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Old 01/13/2008, 05:37 PM   #15
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I'm glad you are going to save him! I bet it would eat a piece of mysis if you squirted him with it, I never met a crab that didn't like mysis.


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Old 01/13/2008, 05:50 PM   #16
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Yes, birdsnest corals are pocilloporids. Just put the crab on the coral. They eat mostly coral mucus & the particulates that are caught in the mucus. so probably the mysis would be rejected. The sooner you get it back on the coral the happier they both will be.


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I offered the crab mysis and nori and it ignored both.

So I put it back with the birdsnest and it immediately began to eat off of the coral. Not the coral itself but at the base where there are no polyps.

Thanks for all the help. I now have my first good crab! And learned how to post pics too. It's been a very good week.

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Old 01/14/2008, 12:15 AM   #18
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Leslie, thanks for that. We are too often eager to eject any hitchhikers.

gary, just for your edification: Cnidaria->Anthozoa->Scleractinia->family Pocillaporidae (including Stylophora, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, and the Caribbean genera Madracis and Palaustrea).

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Old 01/14/2008, 07:24 PM   #19
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Leslie, thanks for that. We are too often eager to eject any hitchhikers.

gary, just for your edification: Cnidaria->Anthozoa->Scleractinia->family Pocillaporidae (including Stylophora, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, and the Caribbean genera Madracis and Palaustrea).

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Old 01/15/2008, 09:12 PM   #20
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We have GOT to stop prolmugating the myth that if it is hairy it is bad. Please go read some of Leslie's invormation on the web about crabs!!!

Many people remove a crab that is great to have.

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We have GOT to stop prolmugating the myth that if it is hairy it is bad. Please go read some of Leslie's invormation on the web about crabs!!!

Many people remove a crab that is great to have.

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Old 01/24/2008, 01:18 PM   #22
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your little crab is fine, like others have said, put him back in your coral, it's the hairy ones you need to get out, they can eat up your corals in no time, and will move from one coral to another, but your little guy, OK.


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oh man, i want one now...


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Old 01/24/2008, 05:22 PM   #24
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Gary,

Sorry for the delay, I lost this thread for a bit.

I am not sure it is okay to post a link to another forum, if not, then please forgive me and may the mods remove it:

http://forum.marinedepot.com/Forum11-1.aspx

Leslie posts frequently here.

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Old 01/24/2008, 07:34 PM   #25
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Hey, thanks for all the help.

I have already placed the crab back into the Pink Birdsnest.

Since getting this coral and crab I discovered that this Birdsnest along with a Pink Milli, Green Milli and a White Acro with blue tips all came in with beneficial crabs in each coral. Kind of unusual, I think.

Oh and I also found a tiny hairy crab in the Pink Bird and he is now history because I could see him actually eating the polyps on the coral.


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