I've had this emerald since february and he has never nipped at any corals. he likes to hang out on my birdsnest, but does not touch it. he also likes to hang out with this BTA, which i had for a week or so.
Last night I am sitting here looking at the tank, and this bastard climbs on top of the BTA and just starts ripping up one of its tentacles and eating it!!! Right in front of my eyes. I got him off it, but the BTA was pissed off for a while. Woke up this morning and the BTA has moved to another spot and not looking so good, so i suspect he may have gone for another snack in a middle of the night.
Do i really need to get rid of this guy? He has been a model citizen up until now and definitely alot of fun to watch.
These have become some of my favorite threads.
A couple times a month somebody will write about thier emeralds going on a rampage.
BTAs, Frogspawns, Torches, Acans, and Blastos are always the victims.
The perp was always a model citizen, eating only algae, and occassionally rescued Timmy, who had fallen in a well. ( for those old enough to remember the Lassie reference)
I understand when this happens the first time to reefers who are new to the hobby.
The amazing part is when long time hobbyists are shocked about their model citizen turning Jeffrey Damher.
It is pretty well documented that these crabs have the potential to do this. The surprizing and entertaining part is that we are still shocked and surprized when they do.