live crabs and pipis

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how many soldier crabs should i collect at a time and how do i keep them alive?

would a large styrofoam container with sand, water and a small air pump be ok?

how long can you keep them alive?

same questions for pipis
 

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yeah that sounds fine... another option is to freeze the crabs and defrost them when you need some.

i would collect maybe 50 crabs every visit and freez maybe 30 of them and the others lived in a small tank with a pump and fed fish flakes.

no idea what pipi is??? :)
 

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Down in NZ the pipi is another type of clam Paphies australis looks similar though


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sounds good for the crabs

follow the link from kevin for the pipis...they are just a shellfish you dig up out of the sand i guess only in australia!!! lol

they are really easy to get a lot of in a very short time! they also get quite large in some areas up to 15cm across the shell

but most are 3-4cm
 

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Oh so thats what those clams are called.

Not too many down here ( at least I don't think so ), but indonesia seems to have alot. They taste good when fried, but beware of hepatitis :wink:
 

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Hi there,

The Pipi is actually Paphies australis. It's endemic to NZ. It gets confused with the Tuatua (Paphies subtriangulata). However they have quite different habitats. Pipi's are a sheltered harbour species and Tuatua's are open sandy beach species. They look quite different too, pipi's are equilateral and Tuatua's are subtriangulate.

Well, that's my pedantic contribution
 

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Amazing how so amny animals look alike, it makes life so much more interesting.....and confusing :wink:
 

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