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Old 07-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Keep your crustaceans locked up!


So a few months ago I was at the local aquarium society's annual show/auction. While there I picked up off of one of the dealers a pair of sulawesi crabs, labelled as red devil crabs and vampire crabs. I didn't have a proper set-up for them, and bought them on a whim. After a month or so, the red devil crab died mysteriously. After a week, the other crab disappeared. I assumed it had died and someone took it out and disposed of it without telling me, so I didn't think too much of it, tore down the tank, set it up for something else. It died approximately two months ago. It's body was just found by my startled mom underneath one of the couches while she was vacuuming, intact and all, just dried out. I nearly died of laughter at her reaction! Just goes to show, keep your animals housed properly!
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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Good advice. I've heard of shrimp deciding to go for a walk out of the tank as well. Especially amanos.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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Reminds me of the first time one of my ADF's jumped out of the tank and we couldn't find him anywhere.. and I jokingly said "well it's not like there's a dried up frog on the floor" and my then 7 year old chimed in with "yes there is, over by the TV"... all the way across the room!
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:03 AM   #4
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I've had some sneaky Dwarf CPOs (yep, those little bugs) sneak out so many times that I've started covering all openings with stainless steel mesh.

And my other half's giant hermit crab? I can't keep track of how many times it's broken free of its habitat to get picked up by the dog and carried around like a ball.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:06 AM   #5
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Octopi are even worse since they can push heavy lids off!
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:16 AM   #6
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we once found one of our crayfish half way down the stairs to the first floor. =<
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:08 AM   #7
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Crustys are good at getting out of anything, period. That is why my air lines go straight up for a foot from the middle of their tank. They usually lose grip by then.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #8
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Good advice. I've heard of shrimp deciding to go for a walk out of the tank as well. Especially amanos.
My RCS tank has a large open gap in the back, with a heater cord that they could crawl out on. As far as I know, none of them have tried to escape, thankfully. o.o That's how this crab got out, I presume, as the cord went up and onto the table, then from the table idk how he ended up ten feet away under the couch, without injuring itself from the fall and/or getting attacked by the dog.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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Had a blue crayfish craw from my bedroom to my front door of my apt and scare the crap out of my roomates. It was about a 75 ft distance not mentioning the drop from the tank to the floor.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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my tiger crayfish crawled out last night while I was sleeping. I went to the tank this morning and couldnt find it anywhere. eventually i found it behind the cupboard completely covered in spider webs and dust, i am surprised it was still alive!
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:29 AM   #11
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Conversation 2 days ago with hubby
Hubby: honey?
me: Yes dear?
Hubby: There is a snail in the middle of the floor.
me: sorry dear they sometimes like to go for a walk!

Yeah, finding a dirty mystery snail in the middle of your floor even before coffee!
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #12
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I've had an amano shrimp jump out of my tank and crawl underneath the gap of my door overnight, hop 3 feet across the hall into the bathroom and die right next to the shower; it was like he was trying to get himself in the drain but couldn't make it. Total distance traveled was probably close to 10 feet haha
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:28 AM   #13
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My apple snail crawled about 5 ft before stopping. Still alive too!
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