View Full Version : Green emerald vs green chromis

10-19-2012, 09:20 PM
I have 3 green chromis in my tank. Newly added about a week ago.
While they all are active one wasn't swimming like it had been.
Today I couldn't find it...finally found it hiding. Left again for a few hours and when i came back found it in the arms of my emerald crab. He is currently eating him.
I have a 55 gallon tank. The crab is hiding with the fish in rock.
Do I tear the rocks down to get the fish out? Or just let nature run its course?
All other fish are acting normal. Will it throw the balance of my tank off? Should I do an immediate water change?
Thank you for your time and knowledge!

10-19-2012, 09:26 PM
If you have a sump just let it happen. Emerald crabs run out of algae to eat in tanks so if they get the chance to eat a fish they will.

10-19-2012, 09:45 PM
If you have a sump just let it happen. Emerald crabs run out of algae to eat in tanks so if they get the chance to eat a fish they will.

No sump yet...hang on the back filter and live rock.

10-19-2012, 09:48 PM
Maker sure you change the carbon filters out every 2-3 wks. How much live rock is in your tank?

10-19-2012, 09:52 PM
About 65lbs of LR.
I am currently looking for the hang on the back overflow box and everything else for a sump. I know that is the way to go.

10-19-2012, 09:57 PM
Drilling it will be your best bet. Gl*******s.com has great stuff

10-19-2012, 10:01 PM
Should I try and remove the fish (also disturbing rock in the process) then possibly do a water change? I do not want to loose anything else in the tank. Especially since I don't have the best filtration.

10-19-2012, 10:06 PM
It's up to you. I have had many fish die in my tank and my cleanup crew takes care of them. I personally hate moving around rock to chase fish down.

10-19-2012, 10:11 PM
Thank you for your help

10-19-2012, 10:16 PM
Welcome to scmas!

10-19-2012, 10:20 PM
you should be fine leavin the fish. the crab and cleanup crew in your tank should take care of it

10-19-2012, 10:25 PM
Thank u

10-19-2012, 10:26 PM
welcome and just let nature take its course :). i use carbon as well in my sump though and i use about 1 cup and only need to change it once a month. as far as drilling your tank if thats the route you wanna take, i suggest you try to look at some other members tanks that are drilled first and if you like it then im sure there is a few members on here that can help assist you in drilling your tank. remember patience is key in this hobby. and welcome

10-19-2012, 10:45 PM
+1 Stacy. Patience is key! Drilling is cleaner so I won't go with the best but it is nicer. Just leave the fish in. It'll be fine. Look at other members tanks and decide after that.

10-20-2012, 06:03 AM
fish was probably dying to start with and the crab is doing what clean up crews do. I'd let it run its course.