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Sorry for photo quality, the tank's on the ground at a weird angle. I can try for more pics if needed.
This is Pilumnus sayi, the Spineback Hairy Crab. I found him at about half an inch across in March, on some live rock, and he's now a good 2-3" across. He'll hit about an inch across in the carapace, so he's nearly full size. Fairly hardy as saltwater animals go.
I chucked him in a tank with some spare live rock back in march, and he's been growing well with very intermittent feeding, so he seems to be eating algae and whatnot. Definitely not to be trusted with anything he can get his claws on, though so far he's ignored the rock flower anemones. He'd be a really cool sump or refugium animal, particularly if trained to take food from tongs to show off to guests.
The tank he's in has been fallow for 72 days on October 1st, so ich hitchhiking shouldn't be a concern. I really do want to find him a good home, as I'm planning to break down the tank he's in. He's not to be fed to a puffer, used in animal fights, or otherwise wantonly killed; I'm attached.
Willing to consider driving or shipping. I'm near Austin.
 
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Found a picture of him on the site I got the live rock from.

Oh, that's not him on the floor- that's a molt. He's in the tank.
 

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If you drive him out from Texas I'll BBQ some steaks and we can put him in my sump where he can live the rest of his life in peace.
Oceanside, CA isn't that for to protect your family crab. :smiling-face-with-sunglasses:
 

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FYI I also had a less than perfectly reef safe crab I was super attached to, actually caught it myself in the wild. Mine was a Calappa Flammea. Native to Caribbean but found in the waters of NY. Crazy how gulf currents can sweep tropical critters so far North.
 
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Oo, that's a cool one! I'd like to keep one someday.

I know "does anyone want this destructive animal" is a bit silly, but surely I'm not the only one who finds these guys neat.
 
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I can take him and stick him in my fuge if you are willing to ship to NC.
I take him willing to ship to California
Sorry for the late reply, kinda forgot I'd posted this. Could the both of you DM me your addresses so I can find out if shipping would be a non-absurd amount?
 

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