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 Post subject: Keeping rainbow crabs?
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 5:45 pm 
Could someone who keeps them give me a guide on how to keep them?

I've got space for a 60x45x45 or 60x45x60 tank. I was going to put a T.Blondi in but am also interested in Rainbow crabs. Not sure how many I'd be able to have in those size tanks?


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:08 pm 
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I keep them. Theres info about them on my site,

http://www.exoticpetsuk.com/cardisomaarmatum.htm

I would think 2 would be ok in that tank, though they may fight eventually.


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:58 pm 
Thanks Kevin, shall have a read now :)


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:45 am 
What are they like to keep. I mean do they keep you interested or do they do very little and you end up wondering why you're keeping them?


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:56 am 
They are great species. I got mine again at Kettering show after I lost my last months ago. Although I got this pair not for a long time yet, they are very active and eating very well. They like to climb in and out of the pool (a cat litter tray) I gave them too. They like to hide when I pass by their tank but also like to peek out and see what I am doing. I highly recommend to buy them if you are interested in crabs. You won't regret it.


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:09 am 
Do you have any pictures of yours in their set up?


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:15 am 
No never really bother about taking pics of my set up. I can do one later this afternoon. My set up is pretty plain as usual. I just use gravel on the side of the litter tray, fill the tray with water, and on the dry land put some hides there, so they can go in to hide and that's about it. I don't even put food bowl in, just put a couple slices of apples in and that's about it. (I know they eat different kind of food too.)

Check out Kevin's, I am sure I have seen Kevin's set up ages ago and it's him who got me into keeping them.


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This picture of my setup was taken a few years ago, but it hasnt changed much since the picture was taken,



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Do these crabs need there water heated? Also is it fresh water or salt please?


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I dont know if its essential for them, but I heat the water with a small aquarium heater, to around 24c. I would think they need it heated. I have always kept my ones in freshwater, but slightly brackish is also ok for them if they are acclimatised properly.


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