Aggressive Crab

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Aggressive Crab

Post by Heyheyhey! » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:58 pm

Hey crab peeps!

I recently took in 3 crabs. 1 small E and 2 med E
After having them in iso, I noticed 1 of the med E's would sometimes almost chase the small crab. I thought perhaps it was just a fluke and once he had a chance to eat good food and change shells then he would calm down. As soon I put them in iso they all went straight for the shells and changed shells. Then they all ran for the salt water. Things seemed to settle down and I thought I was at a point to add them to the main tank. Wrong!

I have 2 PP up in the main tank and one down. Its a 90 gallon tank with plenty of shells, food and water. Everything seemed fine till I checked back in on them. My med PP was naked and clinging to a vine! The bully E was beside the pp's empty shell. Then I caught the bully "chasing" the little one.

I took my poor naked PP and put in a dish with his old shell and 2 others. Within a few mins he was back in his pants and seemed to be ok.
I have never had an aggressive crab before. I always make sure to feed a protein at every feeding and keep lots of extra shells.
Any advice? Should he be kept by himself?

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Re: Aggressive Crab

Post by avocadocrabbies » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:09 pm

hey! I'm new to the forum but not so new to crabbies. Never had an agressive one like that guy, though. It's been a couple months, has it happened again/have you found a solution?
four crabbies: Pool Guy, Karen, Hurricane Sandy, Igor- 3 PPs and an E :)

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Re: Aggressive Crab

Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:52 pm

From what I've read on here E's need twice as much protein daily and deeper sub. Like 10,11 inches. And they don't like crowding.
raising son's dog, Dante. Husky/hound.
Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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