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I am anxiously awaiting delivery tomorrow of 10 micro crabs for my shrimp and amphipod tank which also has pond snails and ramshorn snails. Does anyone else here keep these little micro crabs? If so, let me hear from you. Share some pics, tips, what yours like to eat, where they like to hang out, how rarely you spot them in your tank, etc.

The tank is right next to where I sit in the morning with my coffee and I spend a lot of time gazing into this tank. I love watching the tiny amphipods and they are about as colorless as the crabs will be.

I’m including a picture of where they will be living. I have not heated this tank over the summer but brought home a nice Cobalt Neo-Thermal Pro heater yesterday in anticipation of keeping the crabs warm this winter and upped the temp to 78.

While I removed a TON of hornwort in an effort to see a little more of the inhabitants and to keep an eye on Big Red (one of my large Bloody Mary shrimp), it is still quire heavily planted with hornwort, guppy grass, elocharis, subwassertang, dwarf sag, oak and Indian almond leaves, alder cones, cholla wood, and driftwood chunks. I added a couple dwarf water lettuce and the shrimp and amphipods have been hanging out on those roots a lot. I hear the crabs will like those roots also.

Nobody else but you folks here could fully appreciate my anticipation. Thanks for letting me share. I will add a post to this thread when they arrive and will show you what I got. I cannot wait for my little spidery crabs.
 

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I haven't kept those guys but I REALLY want to!
Congrats on your soon-to-be new additions!
You should show us some photos once you get them if you can (I know their pretty small)
 

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I kept these little guys a few years ago and loved them! Once they settled in they would be scurrying everywhere. They loved hikari crab cuisine and would grab what they needed and run! Definitely worth having and it's something I've been thinking about myself.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
 
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They loved hikari crab cuisine and would grab what they needed and run! Definitely worth having and it's something I've been thinking about myself.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Great! I do have that food here and I will make sure they get their share of that. I hope I get to watch them eat it. Oh how I wish they were coming today.

I ordered from The Shrimp Farm and I just checked, they are not sold out yet.

Did you ever notice them escaping their tank, find them next to the aquarium on on the floor nearby? With them being a fully aquatic species I hoped that I wouldn’t need to worry about that.
 

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Great! I do have that food here and I will make sure they get their share of that. I hope I get to watch them eat it. Oh how I wish they were coming today.

I ordered from The Shrimp Farm and I just checked, they are not sold out yet.

Did you ever notice them escaping their tank, find them next to the aquarium on on the floor nearby? With them being a fully aquatic species I hoped that I wouldn’t need to worry about that.
I have a lid on my tank, but hadn't seen them try to crawl out they usually spent most of the time crawling through the plants and sand. If nothing bothers them in the tank they'll be fine.
 
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They arrived a few hours ago and have been acclimated as per the instructions that came from the vendor. They are now enjoying their new home amongst the red cherry shrimp, snails and amphipods, and are definitely shy little ones. I’m attaching some pics I took during the acclimatization process so they are all still quite pale from the stress of shipping. I will add more pics to this thread as days pass and they explore more. In one of those pics you will see the poor little crab with only 1 leg left on one side of his body. He came that way though. I didn’t net them, I used the netting to release them into their new home once acclimated.
 

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I look for these little guys daily and so far have only seen 3 at one time. I have seen the one with only one leg on one side of its body. I think I’ve seen the yellowish one that was holding onto the shipping net and didn’t want to let go. He is usually seen in the hornwort hanging out. They seem to be finding enough to eat. I see them hiding under leaf litter and hiding amongst the small chunks of driftwood. Here are some pics I was able to get over the past few weeks.
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Nice!
They arrived a few hours ago and have been acclimated as per the instructions that came from the vendor. They are now enjoying their new home amongst the red cherry shrimp, snails and amphipods, and are definitely shy little ones. I’m attaching some pics I took during the acclimatization process so they are all still quite pale from the stress of shipping. I will add more pics to this thread as days pass and they explore more. In one of those pics you will see the poor little crab with only 1 leg left on one side of his body. He came that way though. I didn’t net them, I used the netting to release them into their new home once acclimated.
I love such critters...
 

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I love crabs too. One time we were in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and I saw a little ghost crab on the beach. Those things are FAST! But I wanted to catch it. It was just a little tiny thing, so I thought maybe if I let it pinch my finger I'd be able to get a hold of it.

The ensuing conversation went something like this:
Me: OK, I'm gonna let this little guy pinch meEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGHHHH!!!!!!
Mrs. Badger and Badgerling: hysterical laughter

And the little crab? He might still be in orbit somewhere for all I know.
 

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