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    Newbie

    Hi!
    My name is Eric. I'm new @ this hobby!
    I was previously consumed by my fresh water tank.
    I purchased a used tank and am @ day 1.
    Managed to transport most of the water from the previous owner.
    Lost 2 fish in Transport.
    Yellow Tang and a Tiger Fish.

    So now i'm left with a Clown Fish and an unknown.
    I'll post a picture once he's in the tank.

    My water parameters are great.
    PH 8.2 to 8.4
    Amonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0
    Salinity 0.24

    The tank came with some Hermit Crabs and another crab.
    The previous owner placed him in a (plastic prison) in fear that he would eat his fish.
    So am wondering if i can release him.. or will he indeed eat the only fish i presently own.
    Here's a pic.. let me know

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    Welcome to Aquaria.ca !

    I would recommend to get rid of that crab. Had one in my tank just like it and it wasn't a nice crab.
    In regards to the salinity, you mention it is 0.24. I'm hoping you mean 1.024.
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    Thanks
    What can i do with him?
    Would anybody take a trade? if he's dangerous?
    What type is he? So i can tell the 3rd party.
    Yeah i meant 1.024

    Quote Originally Posted by pwall

    I would recommend to get rid of that crab. Had one in my tank just like it and it wasn't a nice crab.
    In regards to the salinity, you mention it is 0.24. I'm hoping you mean 1.024.

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    I was told he's called a 'box crab'.
    What can you do with him? If you have a sump, you can throw him in there, otherwise, toss him. Sounds cruel, but better that than have him kill fish, etc.
    I doubt anyone will want him.
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    Patrick.
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    maybe in a refugium so he has food so you don't have to kill him or be cruel and let him starve to death

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    There are many, many types of crabs.

    The general rules are:
    1) Hairy legs are good, smooth are bad
    2) Red eyes are bad (maybe they just look evil)
    3) One claw much larger than the other also bad (indicates a predator)

    And finally:

    4) If you didn't deliberately add it, you don't want it.

    I have a couple crabs that look a little like that one. I don't think I could get rid of them if I wanted to, but, they don't seem to do any harm.
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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    The previous owner kept him in a plastic holding tank within his main tank.
    He suggested i keep him in there.
    He said he was loosing fish when he was free.
    I guess i'll keep him in there until i setup a sump

    Quote Originally Posted by cres
    There are many, many types of crabs.
    4) If you didn't deliberately add it, you don't want it.

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    ok.. lol i definately thought it was something else when i saw the photo thumbnail

    hitchiker crabs are generally bad sometimes u get nice ones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricepicker
    hitchiker crabs are generally bad sometimes u get nice ones...
    There's always my standard solution to all aquarium related problems. To implement my solution you'll need the following equipment:

    1. a towel tucked into the front of your shirt collar,
    2. a pat of butter, and
    3. a pot of boiling water.

    Hank.
    220G mixed reef main, 30 G (3 x 10) brood/grow-out, 25 G secondary, 6 G frag with shared sump

    Return Pump: Iwaki MD55RLT
    Water Movement: Tunze Turbelle Stream 6060, 4 x MaxiJet 1200
    Lighting: 60" Outer Orbit dual 250 W 10k HQI and quad 48" T5HO Actinic
    Skimmer: Precision Marine Bullet-2 with Iwaki MD55RLT, WC610 waste collector, and gate valve

    Experience: Fresh since 1976 - Marine since 1987

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrhd
    There's always my standard solution to all aquarium related problems. To implement my solution you'll need the following equipment:

    1. a towel tucked into the front of your shirt collar,
    2. a pat of butter, and
    3. a pot of boiling water.

    Hank.
    umm hmm, u forgot lemon and salt

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