What kind of crab would you say this is..

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I placed an online order and purchased two decorative crabs and two porcelain anemone ones.. but instead they sent me two of these..

Does anyone know what kind of crab this is?

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I placed an online order and purchased two decorative crabs and two porcelain anemone ones.. but instead they sent me two of these..

Does anyone know what kind of crab this is?

Thanks

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Decorator without the decorations
 

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Agree on decorator and gets its name from decorating itself with sponge, algae, sediment shells and other materials. When it molts, it begins the process again
 

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Generally, a nuisance and known to destroy most coral. Great for the sump or not at all
Thanks Vetteguy, I noticed the crab picking on the polyps of the coral this morning and it now has it on. Will the polyps grow back on the coral or is that pretty much it?
 

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Thanks Vetteguy, I noticed the crab picking on the polyps of the coral this morning and it now has it on. Will the polyps grow back on the coral or is that pretty much it?
They may or may not depending on the health of both the tank and the coral
 
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Decorator crab. Keep an eye on it if it's one with a taste for corals.
Thanks jojosReef, you were right .. I noticed the crab picking on the polyps of my favorite coral this morning and it now has it on. Will the polyps grow back on the coral or is that pretty much it?
They may or may not depending on the health of both the tank and the coral
understood, thanks
 

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All crabs or only certain ones ?
Since removing every single crab including emeralds 5 years ago now, all mysterious deaths have ceased and I have not replenished snails. There are a few especially those filter feeders, but for me, it’s easier to trust none as they are the most useless CUC member ever.

Sometimes I think they are sold purely so I have to replace stuff.

Just my take.
 

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Thanks jojosReef, you were right .. I noticed the crab picking on the polyps of my favorite coral this morning and it now has it on. Will the polyps grow back on the coral or is that pretty much it?

understood, thanks
It picked off the polyps and put it on its back? That's interesting. But yes, I had one that woulf go around "tasting" every coral in the tank--it was donated to a local reefer.

What coral was it? Regrowth will likely depend on the type of coral, amount of damage it took, and favorable growing conditions in the tank.
 
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It picked off the polyps and put it on its back? That's interesting. But yes, I had one that woulf go around "tasting" every coral in the tank--it was donated to a local reefer.

What coral was it? Regrowth will likely depend on the type of coral, amount of damage it took, and favorable growing conditions in the tank.
Yep, I was super upset, but I found it hilarious when it was putting the polyps on his back .. I called my wife over and instead of getting mad we laughed about it it’s cute, but we need to do something quickly otherwise it may do away with our coral. I need to stick in the sump tonight.

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