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?
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 :(
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.
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!
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
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?
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".