What sort of crab is this?

Compguy

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eww, I hate crabs, I have a few in my tank, hitch hikers from corals and what not, and as long as they don't hurt anything, you won't see me getting anywhere near them yuck! :)
 

ser_renely

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I love my scarlet hermits and Emeralds, just no idea what this is, so a bit wary. looks to have a stronger claw.

thanks
 

Postal

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Possibly a stone crab.
As a general rule, if it has black-tipped pinchers, you don't want it in a reef tank.
 

ser_renely

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It seems to small to be a stone crab, maybe a real small one? looks very similar, just tiny. Its carapace is about 3/4 an inch wide.
 

DougBushBC

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Thats definately a Stone Crab, I had one just like it hitch hike. I wish it was the good kind of stone crab, the ones sold in Miami for a lot of money, but alas, hes a nuisance. Kill him off or throw him in the ocean!
 

boomsticks

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Technically speaking there are no "good" crabs they are all oportunistic feeders. Personally I don't mind crabs too much although I never had a bad experience with them. But then again I am one of those reefers who actually bought a mantis shrimp! LOL
 

agreeive?fish

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put him into your sump..he dosent deserve to die because he dosent fit with your other tank inhabitants...its not the crabs fault his home was taken out of the ocean and put in your tank..so please put him in your sump or put him back in the ocean
 

horwitzs

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I'm with boomsticks; I've got several crabs in the rock in my tank (both "good" and "bad" types), and until they get quite large they never give me any trouble. When they turn into a problem I remove them on a case by case basis, but until then I find they are just one more interesting thing to look at.
If that means I have to buy a few extra snails or hermits from the LFS a few times a year, no biggie.
 
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