My Large Amphipod

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Check out this big guy that came back from my NSW trip with me:

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    :eek: 8) [smiley=2thumbsup.gif]

    He's cool. When he isn't fishing with those feathery antenna, he is burrowing through the sand a lot. I saw a baby one too in the tank.

    After I take some water tests, I will try to spot feed it with brine. Although he has been hanging out for a couple weeks, I worry that there is nothing for it to eat. It's already molted once.

    Anyway, thought I'd share. It's the size of an olive!!! :eek:
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

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  4. Matt Rogers

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    Cool and Ugly. A Mole Crab. I never heard of that before. you'll have to keep us updated on it's behavior.

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  6. mango

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    Matt that is one big amphipod! You think my bflys' will like it? hehe... :p
     
  7. Wrassman

    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    [glow=Purple, 1, 80%]That mole crab in the pic (from the magazine) doesn't have his feelers up in the air. Have you seen any with their feelers up? I'm going to see if I can find any pics with their feelers up.

    That is one interesting looking beast you have there, Matt... [smiley=smart.gif][/glow]
     
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  9. Wrassman

    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    [glow=Navy, 1, 80%]I found an article on this page

    http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/marinebio/softshore.html

    that states that crabs of this type live on both Pacific and Atlantic shores.  They ride the swash, burrow in the sand, and catch planktonic food with their "setose antennae."  Sorry, Matt, you are going to have to find a way to feed them, or put them back... [smiley=bigcry.gif]

    At least you know what their names are now, Emerita analoga.  Maybe you can find more info on them from someone who has kept them successfully...[/glow]

    Edit: Took me forever to get the URL right...
     
  10. Matt Rogers

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    Thanks Wrassman.
    I was going to get a syringe and some airline tubing to feed him since I was not having luck other ways, but after reading that I think I will release him on the local beach. Seems like the thing to do. :-/ :'(
     
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    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    [glow=Red, 1, 60%]SORRY Matt!!! --- He's very cute, and I hate to see you get rid of him. But, I don't see you able to feed him adequately either. Again, I'm SORRY!!! [smiley=bigcry.gif] [smiley=annoyed.gif] [smiley=bawling.gif] [smiley=confused1.gif] [smiley=sick.gif] [smiley=smartass2.gif] [smiley=sick2.gif] [smiley=tounge2.gif] [smiley=worried.gif][/glow]
     
  12. Matt Rogers

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    No worries. As long as I can get him back to the beach in time, that will be cool. I am surprised he has gone this long.