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#1 EVERTON 1

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 07:31 PM

Hi Guys

I bought an Acropora coral the other day, and noticed this morning there were 3 hitchikers. 2 were crabs, it was hard to get a good look as they keep scarpering, and it is a good sized coral, so before I do any damage to the coral trying to evict them, I was wondering if anybody would be able to id them with just a description? They are about a 1/4 inch, with orangish claws and the shell is brownish. The coral is in good health, and they don't seem to be doing any damage. They spend their time chasing around the other hitchiker, what looks like a small translucent shrimp, it is about 3/4 inch, it has a claw on one side and the other side is spear like. The crabs can't get to it as it is to nippy in and out the branches. Any help would be great. Also, a very merry Xmas to you all.
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Brian

#2 ben

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 09:11 AM

not sure myself brian but hopefully one of the sps guys will help

#3 chriss

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:11 AM

Check the crabs to maked sure they are 'acro crabs' and not 'teddy bear crabs'. The latter are generally destructive.

Chris
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