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pbradley0 04-02-2007 05:55 PM

Red Clawed Crab = Bad idea with some fish
I just wanted to relate my latest experience with some red clawed crabs that I purchased. I had a well established 55 gallon tank that contained 5 black neon tetras and 3 peppered corys. From what I read crabs are too slow to catch fish so I decided to give it a shot. Within a day of placing the crabs in the tank, one of my corys was dead. The next day two of my black neon tetras and another of the corys were dead. I immediately removed the crabs and put them in their own tank. I noticed on the remaining cory that it has a big red splotch near its head. I suspect this was from a claw since it has been healing nicely of the past several days. I suspect the crab were catching the fish by hiding inside of a piece of driftwood and waiting for the fish to swim under it (it forms a small cave). As the fist swam under it, SNAP. Dead fish. Since I moved the crabs I haven't lost any more fish and have added others but the original tetras are still acting a little freaked out.

Falina 04-02-2007 06:00 PM

sorry to hear about your fish.

id be very nervous about putting any crabs or lobsters, or anything with claws tbh in my tank.

its good that you have shared this experience so others can read it and not make the same mistake

Lupin 04-02-2007 06:35 PM

Sorry to hear that.:(

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