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Lmecher

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#1
My mercs just arrived. Just what size should these guys be? One of them is bigger than I expected. Mantle is about 1 1/2" arms (hard to extimate) look to be about 2 1/2- 3". The smaller of the 2 is balled up, can't really judge size yet but 1/2 the size.
 

CaptFish

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#2
YAY!!

Cool, your larger one sounds like it is the same as Izzy. PICS!!!
 

CaptFish

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#5
Nice! man your sound just like mine. Izzy was the explorer while Bee was the ball.


The pH dropps alot with shipping, plus they don't use buffer.
 

Lmecher

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The crabs I received... I am still observing them, not sure if I am happy. They are a mix of decorator, emerald and 1 HUGE monster. Several are damaged, missing claws/legs. 1 is missing all his legs on one side. The big, scarey one, it's carapace is 2" wide and big pointy claws, do I need to worry about it hurting Ollie? Several decorators have decided to hide in Ollies den. I saw his arm push them out but they are too scared or too stupid to move. We'll see how this goes.

big crab


3 brittle stars and all peppermint shrimp are wonderfully active and seem very healthy. :smile:
 

Lmecher

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For practical porposes (until my daughter decides) I will be calling the larger of the two #1 and the smaller #2. I have taken many photos, a fraction of which are clear enough to post, borrowed camera. I am grateful to my sister who lent it to me. First I will post photos of #1.
















#2












#1 and #2

 

CaptFish

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#11
Oh darn! they are very fragile I know EXACTLY how you feel.
 

Lmecher

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#2 is between the rockwork and the wall. I can see enough of him/her, (leaning towards her) to see they are still breathing. I am almost holding my breath, very nervous.
 

CaptFish

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DWhatley

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The mantle size on the first one made me think female with eggs. The fact that she was actively running around makes me think post hatch female. In Trappers case (as with my other species of post hatch females), the mantle was not as firm looking though. More stretched out and wobbley. IME a healthy merc will turn dark red (not a sort-of-maybe dark but dark, dark) when released to the tank and will head for the LR. Spent animals seem to loose their ability to color more than other species and will come out during the day at the end of their lives.
 

Lmecher

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The mantle did seem rather large and watching it move, it was a little floppy. Oh well, hopefully I'll have better luck next times. I am just keeping my fingers crossed for #2.
 

Lmecher

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Forgot, in the excitment to say, I got them from Tomscaribbean.com.
My daughter is naming this one, she has decided on Zuzu. :smile:
 

CaptFish

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#17
welcome Zuzu, I like the name.
 

DWhatley

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#19
FYI the dark spots that show so clearly on all the mercs are their gill hearts.

I believe Tom covers these with his warranty if you want to check on getting a second (shipping is not included).

If the big, ugly crab has a strong pincher, you can either disable or remove it. Many crabs will drop their claws if dangled by them. If you can get it to do this, it is better for the crab's survival should it not be eaten immediately. To disable it break off on section of the upper part of the claw (or remove the full upper section). It will live awhile like this but this method is more damaging to the animal.
 

CaptFish

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dwhatley;151801 said:
I believe Tom covers these with his warranty if you want to check on getting a second (shipping is not included).

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Really! I never asked for it, but i paid for Bee after 'B' died
 

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