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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:13 pm 
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Today Ive noticed some baby vampire crabs in their tank. Ive counted seven, but theres likely more of them in there. They are approx 2-4mm or so, and are fully formed crabs. In the first pic the crab is towards the top right of the picture, next to the white gravel,





and a picture of one of the adults,



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Now that is cool Kevin if you have these for sale i can home them let me know thanks.


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I may sell some when they are larger, they are far too small at the moment, if I do I'll let you know.


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Well done :) What sort of filtration do they have? i only say that as i presume a strong filtration system would filter out the larvea and kill them.

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They dont have any filtration, just an airstone supplying oxygen to their water tray, (a paint tray with a shallow and deep end) I'd imagine any filtration other than a sponge filter would suck up and kill the baby crabs. The depth of the water is only around 6-8cm at the deepest part, so anything other than a very small sponge filter wouldnt work.

The adults spend most of their time on land, the baby crabs are usually at the edge of the water.


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Ok, Is the water fresh, brackish or salt/sea water?
I know nothing about these :)

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the water is freshwater, they are a true freshwater species, the young arent planktonic larvae like most crabs, they are hatched as fully formed tiny crabs.


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Ha, they get more interesting per post.
Any more pictures ? :)

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I dont have anymore pictures of the babies, I dont think I could get a clearer one than the second pic with a mobile phone, heres some more pics of the adults though,





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I wasn't expecting purple! those adults are stunning !!
What sort of size do the adults reach?
I'll have to have a look around on the web at these :)

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The adults get around 4-5cm across.


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I never knew you could breed crabs in captivity, i`ll have to look into them someday :D

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Morpheus uk wrote:
I never knew you could breed crabs in captivity, i`ll have to look into them someday :D


most of the species kept in the UK arent able to be bred in captivity, theres more species becomming available now though, and some of them, including these ones, are true freshwater.


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Very interesting stuff Kevin i am yet to source a in depth spicie guide in book format there doesnt seem to be one readily available i have scanned the internet and ive come across one at £134 which i may invest in.


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whats the title of the book?


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Crab species of the world


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An update on these, some of the baby crabs are now around 1cm or so, they havent developed any adult colour yet. They seem to be slow growing, but are doing well.


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good to hear they are growing well :D btw would of posted before but didnt have anything other than *wooooow!* to add to the conversation :lol: about once a week i still look up and see if i can get hold of any of these but no luck yet! have you noticed another batch of lil uns yet or just the same ones ?

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They are varying sizes, but I think they are the same ones. Theres usually around 7 or 8 active at any time, but theres plenty of places for them to hide, so theres likely a lot more of them in there.

I got them from here,

http://www.wilder-reptiles-shop.co.uk/c ... p-88-c.asp

They may be able to get more of them. Geosesarma krathing and sp. "yellow eyes" are very similar though, and can also be bred in captivity.


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