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Hitchiker ID thread.

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24 minutes ago, Clint526 said:

Oh, cool! 

I purposely added them in my system since I started with dead sand.  They make lots of reproductive stuff in the water for your coral's to eat.  Not sure how long they live, but I've had the ones I added about 2 years ago.

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8 hours ago, Clint526 said:

Oh wow, well yay for me! I’m sure if I see one, than there are a shitload more in there that I don’t see, right? Lol

I would guess so.  I notice the strings spread out on the sandbed when I see mine.

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Ok all. I have a finger leather that has been looking sick. Ive moved it around thinking light and flow issues. I was trying to decide if i should get rid of it or try and nurse it back. I chose to treat and keep it. What i thought were blotchy spots ended up being bite marks. I dipped it rx and then iodine to pevent infections. But tucked tight to the base was this crab,and he didnt want to let go.he is a hitchhiker for sure. Anyone know of a crab eating leathers? Cant id this one. Legs are flat paddle like. The only thing i have in the tank are zoas and a clown with anemones. I have an identical leather 12 inches away from the one getting eaten. No marks and color is good.

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possibly a baby gorilla crab? They are bad news and will wreck havoc on a tank. I couldn't find out why I had fish, CUC, and some coral disappearing and then found one. They are good to banish to the sump as they may eat any uneaten food that makes it down there.

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Here are some pics of the damaged leather. The color is starting to return and the bite marks not looking as deep once the crab was removed. It appeared splotchy until i removed it. The white areas were deep cuts,the i saw the crab tucked tight up against the main stem. 

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