what kinda crab is this? found it hitchhiking Question 

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I recently got this outta my tank and want to know what it is, if its good or bad

it has small hard looking brown pointed claws
 

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I don't know but it's kinda cool looking. Hope it's something good
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I don't know exactly what the crab is, but according to guide "hairy" crabs are usually bad.

I would take him to your nearest Saltwater LFS so they can rehome him to a fish only tank or give him to someone with a mantis shrimp. Please do not just chuck him away.

I am interested to see if anyone knows exactly what he is.

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Ah, the rare sasquatch crab! What a find! I don't know what it is either but it's pretty neat looking, hope it's good too!


EDIT: I've been googling and reading for the last few minutes and the general consensus seems to be that the hairy brown crabs are bad for your live rock and corals. The quote given for hitchhiker crabs, if it is unknown whether they are beneficial, "When in doubt, get them out". Heh.
 
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I have it setting in a glass on my end table for the moment....I think its been eating my corals, but I'm not quite certain.....what does this thing eat? is it a meat eater...or?
 

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oh...what the? ship it to me!! ill feed it to my arowana.
 

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Do a few google searches if you don't get a response on here, but apparently they might damage your corals.
 

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It's a teddy bear crab. Not reef safe at all. Comes in hikeing on live rock. Get it out I'd is in your tank. Don't kill it put it in you sump or refugeum.
 

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teddybear crab aka common hairy crab ,, will eat polyps and anemones and also carry anemones for protection they don't get very big , but are pretty rare , so I would sump him
 

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Yep, don't kill him, HE'S CUTE! Oh, and I don't think he's making the mysterious clicking noises.
 

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Hey how did you get him out of your LR?

Or did he just come out on his own....
 
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I used a small screwdriver and ever so gently pried him outta the rock....I didnt hurt him one bit.....I don't wanna kill it, but don't wanna put it back in the tank, and I don't have a sump....what should I do with it?
 

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How about set up a new tank for him? Like a 10 gallon or something nano reef?
 

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question.... are these always hairy, or do they grow hair as they grow, weird question I'm sure, but he sure is neat, I wish I had one, I would put hinm in my spare 10 and stare at him allll day!
 
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