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09-04-2013 08:24 AM
LeomaHarpster was shocked to see it for first time, i think its really cute in look and incredible one
08-27-2013 07:43 PM
Hobbes1911 Currently the ambient temperatures favor a warm tank. In the winter I'll either use a heat lamp, or a good heater in the water.
06-27-2013 11:21 PM
Aquatic Delight how do ya'll keep you tanks warmer than your house? i don't see anyone with heat lamps in your set-ups
04-16-2013 02:30 AM
mellowvision I keep Red Devil's that I've been breeding for 2 years. They're pretty easy to keep, as long as they're well fed. From my experience, the crabs really demand substrate they can tunnel in and pick through for food. They don't need much water, just a constant source. They young crabs seem to use water for protection more than the older ones. They're hunters. Fruit flies and other live foods are really their preference. They'll take a variety of foods but are much more vigorous and enthusiastic when hunting live prey.

here's a video of them in the wild.
03-24-2013 09:26 PM
Hobbes1911 Does anyone else have any stories on the geosesarma's to share? I'd love to set up a paludarium for these, but I have absolutely no idea about humidity requirements. Do they need high humidity like frogs where I have to install a misting system? Or will a simple manual mist once a day or so, mainly for the plants, additionally to a waterfall set up and roughly 6 inches of water in the bottom be sufficient?
11-18-2012 05:23 PM
AVN I had 3 Vamps and 3 RCC in a refugium under a tank once, I have no idea what I did to breed them but I got babies about 7 months into keeping them.

Then most of them got eaten, and they all died off eventually, never had success breeding them again. The biggest RCC I had was a little bit bigger than 3 inches, I think I might still have a picture of him somewhere if you want it. He died one day after climbing 6 inches straight up glass and crawling away to dry out in the sun.

RCC I tried again with, since they're cheap, and I've only successfully had one batch of eggs. It's really hard when you don't know what you're doing and are just going off intuition.

Sorry if my post doesn't really help!

Tank parameters at the time were:

Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrates - close to 0
pH - 6.7
kH - 4
gH - 4
Temp - 75 ~ 78 F
Co2 - None
11-18-2012 04:12 PM
rozdaboff Freshwater. It is primarily the runoff from the misting of the plants. I drain it every few weeks so that it doesn't get too high.
11-18-2012 03:43 PM
Aquatic Delight thats some great info. thank you :-)

is your pool freshwater or brackish?
11-18-2012 03:11 PM
rozdaboff I just posted a picture thread over in the invert section:

I have a group of Mandarin and a group of Red Devils. They are very easy to care for and breed well once old enough and established.

I keep both of my groups (2.2) in Fluval Ebi tanks. I use the fluval stratum substrate, and I layer several small pieces of ghostwood on the bottom to set up little nooks and crannies for the crabs to hide. The substrate stays wet - and I have cleared substrate away towards the front and set up a little pool area. Then in the rest of the tank, I have ghostwood branches covered in moss and miniature orchids (Pleurothallids primarily). While the branches are more the benefit of increased space for planting - the crabs will climb all over them (and sometimes knock the orchids over if not yet well rooted).

They are most active in the evenings, but also in the morning. For feeding, I offer a mix of HBH hermit crab food and hermit crab pellets (crushed) to which I add additional calcium carbonate and also some astaxanthin to help with color (and I find it makes a big difference).

As for breeding, they do it all on their own. One day you will see little tiny crabs running around. I let them grow in the tank until they become about 4-6mm carapace length - and then pull them. With my two female Red Devils, I pull about 40 baby crabs or out every 6 months or so. My mandarin crabs seem to be slower breeders, but I haven't had them as long.

Here is a poor pic of one of my tanks.
11-10-2012 03:08 PM
Aquatic Delight i just bought a couple of red devils, and as i as slowly learning have the same care needs as a vampire so i'll be around for awhile too
11-01-2012 10:32 PM
Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp View Post
Sounds like we have a group to learn from each other.
11-01-2012 04:26 PM
magnum Nope I've never breeded them, but they are pretty cool.
10-30-2012 01:21 PM
Soothing Shrimp Sounds like we have a group to learn from each other.
10-30-2012 12:30 PM
CrazyCatPeekin I'm jumping on this thread, too. I've got an empty 20L and can't decide what to do with it. Contenders so far are a Leopard gecko, fire belly toads or these little guys.
10-29-2012 03:36 PM
AoxomoxoA I'm probably giving these a go too. A 20L is being set up & planted. High humidity. I'm leaning towards Red Devils or Bi-Colors. Subscribed & hoping more hands on experience is shared here.
That or we'll share it as we go
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