Gall crab in my elegance

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by Nismo400rgtr, Dec 21, 2010.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. Nismo400rgtr

    Nismo400rgtr Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    816
    Location:
    Buffalo,NY
    So I was up early this morning to try and catch a glimpse of the eclipse. Cloudy skies ruined it for me :(. So while I was up I decided to scan the tank using my small maglite. I saw what appears to be a gall crab,from what I've researched, in the corner of elegance bored between the flesh and skeleton. The coral was completely shut as it often is at different times in the night. I've had this coral for just over a month now and it's been fine. There wasn't any tissue damage in the area of the crabs burrow. I think it's been there all along as I noticed the hole when I first got the coral,just never thought anything of it since it looked fine and I saw movement last night.

    I'm going to have a go at manual extraction tonight when the corals closed with tweezers. Just wondering if anyone knew of another way? I'm kinda scared to go digging in there and hurting the coral but I don't want to leave that thing in there.
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Messages:
    19,652
    Location:
    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Unusual find and ugly little bugger, too bad he has to be one of the bad guys. Good luck on your hunting expedition. This link is the adventure of someone with the same unwanted guests...


    - Gall Crab - - Manhattan Reefs
     
  4. makeshiftcrew

    makeshiftcrew Gigas Clam

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Messages:
    857
    Location:
    Virginia
    Hopefully you'll be able to get him out. If possible I'd remove the elegance and place in a QT or container(how big is the coral) just incase you get it and then drop it and can't find it in your DT....either way good luck!
     
  5. Nismo400rgtr

    Nismo400rgtr Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    816
    Location:
    Buffalo,NY
    Yeah I was thinking of isolating it when I attempt this. It would totally suck if that thing came out and decided to hide in the tank! The skeleton spans about 4 1/2".
     
  6. makeshiftcrew

    makeshiftcrew Gigas Clam

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Messages:
    857
    Location:
    Virginia
    Yea that's the best solution. Good luck brother
     
  7. Renee@LionfishLair

    Renee@LionfishLair 3reef Sponsor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,895
    Location:
    Coastal So. cal
    Nice link!
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. Nismo400rgtr

    Nismo400rgtr Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    816
    Location:
    Buffalo,NY
    Well I got the S.O.B!!! Dang thing was big too,about the size of a Lima bean!! And all without casualty to my coral! In fact,It's doing fine and spread just as nice as always!
     
  10. TheSaltwaterGuy

    TheSaltwaterGuy Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,162
    Location:
    New York
    i missed the eclipse too, but as for the gall crab, you could try tweezers, but if u do that and the crab doesnt let go then stop because it could harm the coral. maybe entice it with some food? i'd sometimes entice my emerald crab with a live goldfish and he actually ate it (really cool IMO) so maybe try some kind of food. best of luck

    Edit: o well u got him now lol. what r u gonna do with him?
     
  11. Nismo400rgtr

    Nismo400rgtr Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    816
    Location:
    Buffalo,NY
    It didnt'd survive the extraction But I wouldv'e just tossed it anyway.It had eggs too.Not sure if they were in it or on it but I saw them.I used a turkey baster to clean the burrow when I was done.I used tweezers and made sure to grab the crab only. Pretty icky!!
     
  12. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    19,258
    Location:
    Sparks, NV
    Congrats on the successful extraction.