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Well:

The mystery is solved. Tralfaz is a hermit crab man. I threw a medium sized on in so it dropped right in front of his cave. It landed upside down and spent a minute or two getting right side up. Tralfaz just watched all of this. As soon as it started walking he pounced. I was holding my camera but was so suprised that I din't take a pic. He dragged it back in his den and seems to be happily eating it.

His "hunting" coloration is interesting. He was almost black except for the bottom inch of his tenticles which were a very light beige. Has anyone seen this before it looks very cool? Anyway, I think I'm getting carpal tunnel from all of these posts. Will update.

Sideways, I'm glad to see that you settled on a name. Hope Roxy is doing well!!! :D

George
 

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TaningiaDanae---I don't think you're crazy, It actually got me thinking... And oh, I watched the top 10 thinkers tonight, yahoo, were #4 :lol:

Lawfish---don't worry about Tralfaz hiding, mine only comes out for my girlfriend(she wasn't so sure at first but I think Roxy's won her heart).
Rox did come out for a couple minutes for me today, I dropped a crab in and she swam over and caught it. I went and got the camera and set it up on the tripod and she hasn't come out sense. :x
 

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Hey all:

Tralfaz has created a little burrow right in the front of the tank. He seems to like sitting in there with just his eyes sticking out watching me.

My question is this, I've noticed that the hermit crab that he caught is still alive and kicking as are all of the snails and shrimp in the tank. Should I declaw the hermit to help him out or try a different type of food? Its only been a couple of days but I want to make sure that he has something to eat! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :?:

Thanks,

George
 

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Don't bother, he can take em on. you may wanna goto the LFS and get some red claw crabs for him to eat "mine eats about 8 a week." Mine now goes over and grabs snails bringing the smaller ones two or three at a time back to his lair for latter. He's even doing this wierd thing where he sneaks up on the frog/angler fish now from behind grabs it from the back fins and goes for a ride. very odd to watch the fish hates it the octo seems to get a huge kick from it.... he just lets the fish drag him to the other end of the tank and gets off.
 

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Hey Stits:

When you say red claw crabs do you mean fidler crabs??? I'll see if my LFS has any and give it a try. Thanks

George
 

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There sometimes in the same tank... most fiddlers are brackish as well. Red claws can live about two weeks or so in a full salt water tank thats why I go for em over fiddlers.
 

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Hey all:

I fed Tralfaz some astrea snails last night and he seemed to like them. He took the into his burrow so I'm just assuming that he actually ate them. I've seen him make some halfhearted grabs for the shrimp but. . . no luck.

I guess that I'll stick to snails and maybe some rel leg crabs if I can get them at my LFS.

george
 

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Roxy finally figured out what the shrimp in her tank were for. Before she found out, she would let them walk all over her...literally. She was eating two crabs the other day and one was bugging the mess out of her. She finally reached up and yanked it down and shuved it in place with the two crabs. I had over a dozen shrimp in the tank at that time...the next morning I could only find 4!!!
 

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LOL Sideways:

Tralfaz hasn't figured out who is in charge yet. Last night I watched a peppermint shrimp chase him away from a snail he was about to pounce on. How pathetic, some of the shrimp are becoming quite brash with him. I have a feeling that its only a matter of time until he figures out that they are quite tasty! :shock: Until then, Snails it is!
George
 

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Yup, once he figures it out, it"ll be all over for the shrimp! I put a fiddler crab in today while Rox was out. Well the crab landed upside down and didn't move. Roxy just sat there and looked at it. 2 shrimp came down to investigate and started having a tug of war with the upside down crab. Roxy floated over top up them, opened like a parachute and came down on all three of them. The shrimp shot out and she hauled the crab off to her cave. She doesn't go crazy over the shrimp like she does the crab, but when they bug her, she's not afraid to put her foot down... Or all 8 feet down for that matter! :wink:

ps. Rox ate the two periwinkle snails that were in my tank...but I refuse to add any more because the stupid things laid eggs all over my glass.
 

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