Invertebrate Ride

Invertebrates don’t mind hitchhiking on the backs of others from time to time.

One of my favorite things about keeping a reef tank is the interesting behaviors you’re bound to see from the various critters in the tank. Fish are always fun, but I really love our inverts, too. My cleaner shrimp is always out and about, and it’s always so fascinating to watch our emerald crab as it cruises around the tank, eating algae from the rocks.

Some of our larger snails often grow tufts of algae on their shells (they sometimes even collect bubble algae, a pest we have fought to eradicate in the tank). Recently, as my husband and I were observing the tank, we spied something new. The emerald crab was hitching a ride on one of our snails and enjoying an algae snack (talk about fast food!). I ran for the camera to snap a picture. Hope you enjoy!

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