live crabs and pipis

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  1. oscar

    oscar Vampyroteuthis Registered

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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
     
  2. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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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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    xyzner Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    whats pipi? :shock:
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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


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  6. oscar

    oscar Vampyroteuthis Registered

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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
     
  7. joel_ang

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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:
     
  8. Infusoria

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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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