My New Crab Tank! (With Pics!)

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Hello.  I've been debating setting up a red clawed crab tank for some time, mainly waiting for permission for my better half.  Now my tanks are at good levels of stocking I decided to turn my quarantine tank into a crab tank (though if all successful going to get a bigger 48L around December for the little fellas). 
 
I have done ton's of reading and my LFS keeps them in freshwater but I have read they do better in brackish water so I am researching the best approach for this. I tried all sorts of 'aquascaping' of sorts to attempt to make a beach effect but unfortunately this tank is just too small!
 
Thought I would share some photo's either way as these chap are a little bit different and quite interesting!
 
'Thor' and 'Zeus' in a large bucket preparing for drip acclimatisation
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Excuse the plants, they were spares that I thought I would add.  Probably will be destroyed by the crabs.  I have  made some areas that allow the crabs to climb out the water.  The filter pumps over the large stone creating a bit of a water feature (sorry for the poor pic).
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Picture of Thor having an explore of his new home!  Excuse the waterspots on the glass, the tank will need a clean once the crabs have settled.
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Zeus holding onto a Cory pellet and hiding away.
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This is really cool! I haven't seen anyone make a crab only tank before. Its a neat idea!
 
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I've been planning this for quite a while, theres one shop nearby that sells these crabs so always on my mind. Its kind of a first step...Hoping to get a longer tank and have a beach effect, ideally with plants that can survive brackish water.  Quite exciting anyway
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You have some good photos there, will be great when the glass is clean as they appear very photogenic :D
 
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Yes I was very pleased with the photo's, especially in failing light!! I will hopefully give it all a clean tomorrow if they appear relaxed and post some more photos.
 

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Looks great! How big do they grow too?

Hours of fun to come watching these I think :nod:
 
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They grow to around 4-5cm so they are around half the size they will grow!  I have only had them a few hours but they are great at hunting out food and extremely quick when they need to be.  When I put them in the tank they just grabbed onto my finger as I moved them across! Nice to be able to interact with them.
 

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They're adorable! Can't wait to see some more pics :) Did it hurt when they held onto your finger?
 
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They're adorable! Can't wait to see some more pics
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Did it hurt when they held onto your finger?
No, thought I might get pinched but they have a kind of soft but spiky grip, just enough for them to hold on to. Strange feeling!
 

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214jay said:
 
 
They're adorable! Can't wait to see some more pics
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Did it hurt when they held onto your finger?
No, thought I might get pinched but they have a kind of soft but spiky grip, just enough for them to hold on to. Strange feeling!
 
How cute/neat! I think one day I'd like some purple vampire crabs. :)
 

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Dawwww they're so cute! As others have set really funky idea. Crabs are great.
 
love their names btw. ;)
 
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Well I thought I would try and take some other picture today. The crabs have already removed some of the leaves on one of the plants so they are exploring their new home!
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An how I have set the tank up - I will probably re-visit this layout at some point but for now the filter throws water across the exposed rocks.  Excuse the statue thing in the left corner...that was not my choice!
 
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:wub: I hope they're enjoying their new home! Lovely tank :)
 

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Nice set up!
 
My GF did think about setting a tank set up similar to yours for crabs, but she changed her mind for the BiOrb Flow just for shrimps.
 
Nice to see a crab set up on this forum. Nice one!
 
Good pics BTW!
 

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They are beautiful looking creatures and quite interesting to watch I would imagine.  Do they breed in aquariums?
 

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