[Timezone Detection]
Create Account - Join in Seconds!

User Name: Email Address:
Human Verification

What is one of the colors on a clownfish? (hint there is a clownfish on the CR logo in the top left corner of the page.)

Finally found him tonight!! Went spear fishing!


Bookmark and Share
Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 16
  1. #1
    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    UofM territory
    Posts
    7,542
    First Name
    Chris
    Awards Monthly Giveaway Winner

    Default Finally found him tonight!! Went spear fishing!

    I finally found the little guy ripping up any fresh fragged coral/polyp I put in my tank. I was almost suspect of my scarlet emerald crab, but for some reason just couldnt place the blame there. I caught site of something small and black, a couple months ago, but it disapeared very very fast, and havnt seen it again, till tonight!

    After the initial sighting, I figured it could be anything, till I noticed corals getting ripped up, or sometimes just moved. One colony of zoas in particular were always getting completely flipped over. It is a good sized rock too! I also noticed, under the rock work, at the bottom of the tank, that some frags had been "stolen", and stuck into rock crevices, very unaturaly. I thought this very very strange......kinda like something was using these frags as a door, or wall, for hiding out. Had to be the little black thing I spotted months ago, I figured.

    It had been so long since the last brief sighting, I decided- I will never find this crab, or at least what I figured was a crab. I was stuck with it- forever. I was WRONG!!!

    Came home tonight, light fully ablaze, and saw a much bigger black blur, duck behind a rock. Again, very fast, but it was so easy to see, from feet away, because of the unusual blackness of its shell. I hurried towords the tank, and there it was! A Black Fingered Mud crab - Xanthid crab. Barely hiding behind his rock, and not very well either! I figured- this has got to be my one chance! I ran to the junk drawer, grabbed a rubber band, then proceeded to look for my kabob skewers......and couldnt find them......and couldnt find them.....and still couldnt find them. I figured- crabs gone......and I found them!

    I grabbed 2 and got back to the tank, figuring it long gone, but it was still there. Picking at rocks even! I rigged up my ruberband/skewer harpoon, and got him! First shot! He wasnt dead yet though......just skewered and quite alive. I held him pinned to the rock with the skewer, and stabbed him with the second. Had to get him a couple good times, just to be sure. No barbs on the skewers made retracting it from an alive crab risky. Didnt want him to scurry away and possibly die, but possibly not.

    Hope it was the only one. The carapice was about the size of a quarter, all black, with zebra stripped legs. The carapice got lost, as the coris wrasse decided he was junch, after the harpooning, but got the body out.

    Thought I was stuck with this one!!!! So relieved hes gone!
    Likes Chelle's Ocean, TheLittleMermaid liked this post

  2. #2
    bigbill - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    warren mi
    Posts
    1,077
    First Name
    Bill
    Awards Grow Out King - 2011 Grow Out Contest Photo of the Month MBI Participant

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Patrick View Post
    I finally found the little guy ripping up any fresh fragged coral/polyp I put in my tank. I was almost suspect of my scarlet emerald crab, but for some reason just couldnt place the blame there. I caught site of something small and black, a couple months ago, but it disapeared very very fast, and havnt seen it again, till tonight!

    After the initial sighting, I figured it could be anything, till I noticed corals getting ripped up, or sometimes just moved. One colony of zoas in particular were always getting completely flipped over. It is a good sized rock too! I also noticed, under the rock work, at the bottom of the tank, that some frags had been "stolen", and stuck into rock crevices, very unaturaly. I thought this very very strange......kinda like something was using these frags as a door, or wall, for hiding out. Had to be the little black thing I spotted months ago, I figured.

    It had been so long since the last brief sighting, I decided- I will never find this crab, or at least what I figured was a crab. I was stuck with it- forever. I was WRONG!!!

    Came home tonight, light fully ablaze, and saw a much bigger black blur, duck behind a rock. Again, very fast, but it was so easy to see, from feet away, because of the unusual blackness of its shell. I hurried towords the tank, and there it was! A Black Fingered Mud crab - Xanthid crab. Barely hiding behind his rock, and not very well either! I figured- this has got to be my one chance! I ran to the junk drawer, grabbed a rubber band, then proceeded to look for my kabob skewers......and couldnt find them......and couldnt find them.....and still couldnt find them. I figured- crabs gone......and I found them!

    I grabbed 2 and got back to the tank, figuring it long gone, but it was still there. Picking at rocks even! I rigged up my ruberband/skewer harpoon, and got him! First shot! He wasnt dead yet though......just skewered and quite alive. I held him pinned to the rock with the skewer, and stabbed him with the second. Had to get him a couple good times, just to be sure. No barbs on the skewers made retracting it from an alive crab risky. Didnt want him to scurry away and possibly die, but possibly not.

    Hope it was the only one. The carapice was about the size of a quarter, all black, with zebra stripped legs. The carapice got lost, as the coris wrasse decided he was junch, after the harpooning, but got the body out.

    Thought I was stuck with this one!!!! So relieved hes gone!
    nice shot i would have tore the tank apart to get something like that
    I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.
    Steve Irwin
    mbisite.org/mbi_sig.aspx?u=bigbill&img=2

  3. #3
    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
    Team CR

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Houghton Lake
    Posts
    5,136
    First Name
    Larry
    Awards Monthly Giveaway Winner Fantasy Football Champion Referral Award Monthly Giveaway Winner

    Default

    Wow sounds like a good time lol. Glad you got the crab out.
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

  4. #4
    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
    Admin/Founder

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,822
    First Name
    Jim

    Default


  5. #5
    Fish Dad - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Flushing MI
    Posts
    260
    First Name
    Jim

    Default

    Great read, I'm just learning and enjoy everyone stories....
    I'm sure it will make some one out there mad that you killed it - but fishing in your own tank - cool....You have some real spearing skill - Now I understand the King Neptune rating.....

    So are crabs like mice if you see one your have more?? Any idea how it got there or advice to keep them out?

    There isn't a mini crap trap??? It could be a fun DIY project? Tooth picks & super glue....

    Then CR could make it a Contest - Look what I didn't know I had in my tank .....

  6. #6
    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    U.P. of Michigan.
    Posts
    7,864
    First Name
    Jamie
    Awards Photo of the Month - October 2012 Photo of the Month Post and Reply Award - Winner of the first PAR Contest. Monthly Giveaway Winner

    Default

    At Fish Dad: Sir's crab was most likely a hitchhiker. Which means it entered his tank (without his permission lol) via a new coral or live rock. Xanthid crabs are not reef safe!! Just one of the many great reasons we should, dip, inspect and QT all new arrivals to our reefs.



    ---
    - IPhone+Tapatalk=I don't miss a thing!
    There's nothing like being a Reefer! www.upmmas.com
    Likes Chelle's Ocean liked this post

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ann Arbor
    Posts
    381
    Awards Fishbowl Drawing Winner

    Default

    DId you tell Steph you have crabs? lol

  8. #8
    XSiVE - Reefkeeper
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Waterford
    Posts
    576
    First Name
    Ryan
    Awards Monthly Giveaway Winner

    Default

    Nice story! I'll have to remember the whole spear fishing idea next time I want something out :D

  9. #9
    nate_newton - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    St. Joseph, MI
    Posts
    511
    First Name
    Nate

    Default

    Great story, sounds like it would have made a great video

  10. #10
    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    UofM territory
    Posts
    7,542
    First Name
    Chris
    Awards Monthly Giveaway Winner

    Default

    Wish I had time for a video! I thought for sure I was going to not get this guy!

    I, myself, was a bit sad to have to kill this crab, to get it out of the tank.......it was truely a beautiful animal. If it wasnt for the need to get him out of a system that couldnt keep it, finacialy and ethicaly for my fish and coral, I would have loved to keep it.

    I do however have some pics, of the crab (Minus carapice) and my favorite in tank fishing device. Will share them soon.
    Likes Chelle's Ocean liked this post

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Similar Topics

  1. Finally SUMMER!!!
    By Myteemouse in forum Photography
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-13-2010, 07:56 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

About CaptiveReefs

    If you are interested in learning about reefkeeping or have a problem with your reef, our reefkeeping community is here to help. Feel free to ask a question or search our site. We have lots of experienced reefkeepers that are willing to provide free reefkeeping advice!

    Besides being a great resource for all levels of reef aquarium hobbyists, CaptiveReefs is a social experience that will enhance your enjoyment of reefkeeping. CaptiveReefs is committed to connecting reefkeepers with the support and information they need to grow beautiful coral reef aquariums.

Information

Connect with Us