Check out my crabitat!

Discussion in 'Tank Talk' started by octomatic, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. octomatic

    octomatic GPO Registered

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    hey everone i made this pretty sweet setup to house live crabs. i bought the largest critter keeper and put a 10 gallon whisper filter in it. I added a plastic looking tree that they can climb on and hide in, also the tree extends above the water line so they can get out of the water if they need too. the tank is filled with just over a gallon of brackish water that I change every week. I went to richmond beach today and found 5 shore crabs under rocks. 3 of these are HUGE! i would say 4 inches. do you think i should cut off the claws so they dont damage an octo? anyway heres a short video of the tank!
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The video is set to private.
     
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    whoops, i think i fixed it now
     
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    :thumbsup: works now.

    I never kept crabs so i don't know if it will work but it sure looks like a nice home.
     
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    I have had mixed luck with saltwater crabs that have come in LR or other shipments. I usually put this kind of hitch hiker in a pico I keep around for this purpose and the crabs do well for awhile and then just die. I suspect they expire at the time for their first molt but I don't know why they don't make it in the small setup.

    When you feed a crab with a large claw, break either the top or bottom part of the pincher off just before feeding (keeping your fingers well clear of the pincher intersection). This will leave some of the claw meat for the octopus but keep it from losing an arm. In general, disable anything that can harm the octopus. Small cuts can lead to infections which are not easily treated or cured.
     
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    Ive had 2 crabs in there for about 1 1/2 months. So far soo good.
     

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