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  • Posted on: 17/7/2009 10:58
Re: is my crab dead :( #1
Hi sorry been away for a bit,

Well since I last posted all but one passed away (I think they were all males and kept arguing).

So I had one big lonely crab who hasn't molted in ages so I presume he's fully grown, got 2 females from LFS about a fortnight ago, they get on well and the biggest gets on with the male, but the littler one had a few arguments with the male which I've been breaking up and they seem to have calmed down now lol

Quick question, I'm thinking of creating a half water half land tank that i've seen some people have done with rainbow crabs, has anyone tried it with red-clawed crabs? Do they use the land space much?

attached is the male eating an algae ring thing

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  • Posted on: 30/5/2008 15:42
Re: Cleaning shallow tanks #2
thanks guys, I'll give some of your suggestions a go at the weekend and let you know which proved best


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  • Posted on: 28/5/2008 17:49
Re: Cleaning shallow tanks #3
Oops, thats what happens when you walk away mid post, i was going to ask about a siphon...

The way i understand them is they take water out too so with not much water in the tank as it is (it is only a small 20L tank) surely i wont get very far?

The filter does do a good job but my bogwood seems to have let off a lot of particles i guess? that have settled in the gravel and cloud up the water when trying to clean so bad that i cant see inside for a long time :(


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  • Posted on: 28/5/2008 14:13
Cleaning shallow tanks #4
Hi guys,

Anyone know a good way to clean a shallow tank? I've got probably 3 inches of water for my red crabs.

At the moment i'm struggling with a vacum type thing I got from Pets@Home, cant find a pic atm but its green, about 6inches, attaches to existing air pump and has a sock\bag near the top that has to be in the water for the dirt\water to flow up and out through\into.

This does work as the bag gets dirty but it just takes ages and countless bag cleans, plus its a nuisance having to have the bag submerged in a shallow tank.


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  • Posted on: 24/2/2008 21:38
Re: is my crab dead :( #5
hi all,

sorry its been a while,but just thought i'd share the good news (belated as it is...) the crab wasn't in the great tank in the sky, it had molted and the person watching them for me assumed it had, when it had just molted!

2 successfully molted now so all is good, thanks guys!


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  • Posted on: 2/2/2008 20:45
Re: is my crab dead :( #6
sorry i meant 25*C


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  • Posted on: 2/2/2008 20:29
Re: is my crab dead :( #7
hi howard,

thanks for the reply.

the tank is 20L, pic below
http://img255.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mytankwa3.jpg
the water is higher though just below the top of the bogwood.
about 20*C not sure on test results need to do them.

tank setup last saturday and added a de-choline, de-nitrate and de-something else but dont have have the bottle to hand.
crabs acclimatized for a couple of hours before adding, they seemed happy throughout the week, eating etc...

lizroberts mentioned in another post molting shortly after a new tank can be very stressful, from the fact it was very pale and translucent do you think this sounds the cause


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  • Posted on: 2/2/2008 18:58
is my crab dead :( #8
hi all,

i have 4 red clawed crabs since Tuesday, 2 fairly big ones and 2 littler, today one of the little ones was found upside down and very pale. after a few pokes there seems to be no movement. has it passed away during molting? i've heard people suggest iodine supplements perhaps i should invest in them?


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  • Posted on: 28/1/2008 11:57
Re: all setup, just one quick question #9
thanks both, i have been mulling over whether or not to top it up a bit, so if i get to see a crab trying to swim i may just go ahead :)

the filter is fully submerged and seems to be worknig ok for the time being so may invest in a pump for the trickle tray later.

only hole they could get out if is where the biowheel would sit but the exisiting pump is sat there atm :)

i'll post some pics when i get crabs (that sounds soooo wrong!)


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  • Posted on: 27/1/2008 23:58
all setup, just one quick question #10
Well here's my tank :)
[img=http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/8821/mytankwa3.th.jpg]

it's crab-less atm as i cant get to my LFS atm :(

anyway, if you look to the back left you'll see i have a PennPlax Smallwolrd filter fed by a pump that has a "filtration unit with top quality carbon/zeolite for chemical filtration and foam block for mechanical and biological filtration".

My question is, is this ok lying sideways, it is fully submerged but the filters says top on one end?
(pic of the filter in packaging http://im.edirectory.co.uk/p/3140/i/950340.jpg)



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