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#1 mikez

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:12 AM

Hope these are OK. I have several different cool saltwater inverts that add much interest as well as valuable clean up duties. For example this broad clawed hermit [Pagurus pollicaris] from RI. His home is a store bought shell as he and his friend have all outgrown the ones they were collected in.






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#2 Moontanman

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:44 PM

I am into the native marine thing, used to do a lot of collecting, thinking of starting again!  


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#3 mikez

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 12:30 PM


Striped hermit from Florida. One of my boys dropped it in our bait bucket while we were fishing and I grew attached to him. He made the long ride back to Ma. in a water bottle with a few inches of seawater. I floated the bottle in my cooler of freshwater containing my mollies and shiners.




My large common spider crab from Rhode Island. My 7 year old caught him and talked me into keeping him. Now he's a cherished member of our family. Love the intelligent eye.


He goes after the fish's food but never bothers the fish.




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#4 mattknepley

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 10:13 PM

Love the McGuyver-ed dipnet! He does indeed look like a capable crustacean catcher. So, really though, who's the invert addict, and who's the invert enabler? :)
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#5 Chasmodes

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 09:04 AM

Very cool Mike.  Nice shot of the tank.  What fish are you keeping right now?

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#6 Sean Phillips

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 12:05 PM

That's an awesome tank! How big is it? Also in your experience, is it safe to keep crabs with other bottom dwellers like blennys?
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#7 mikez

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 06:24 PM

Oh I'm both enabler and addict. I love to say yes when he begs for stuff but I also love the critters themselves. The trick is to know which things will work.


That net, or others like it are all I ever use. A five spot at the pet store and a roll of electrician tape. Slip the net and tape in your suit case and find a stick when you get to your travel destination, works well for air travel.


The fish in the tank are a self sustaining colony of southwest Florida sailfin mollies and a pair of spotfin butterflyfish collected as strays.


Sean, it's very important to know which crab your dealing with. The common spider crab and the hermits that I keep show no interest in catching live fish. The fish steal food right out of "Spidey's" mouth and he doesn't even raise a claw. However there are many other species which would gladly snatch a fish.

Edited by mikez, 23 February 2015 - 06:31 PM.

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