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Old 01-28-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Keeping crabs in a planted aquarium. Yes or No?


Hey guys. My LFS recently got a pretty sweet order of some crabs. The currently have spotted panther crabs, vampire crabs, patriot crabs, and orange mandarin crabs. I was wondering if anyone not only has experience with crabs but if they have experience with crabs in a planted tank. I am very interested in picking up one of these guys, preferably the panther crab since they appear to be the most aquatic. I just dont know if my planted tank will be able to handle him. With he eat and uproot all my plants? I would be very interested in hearing peoples experience keeping crabs in different set ups. Thanks in advanced for any input towards this topic.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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dont know about crabs but i had a crayfish that would uprroot then de-root plants. I'm guessing any omnivore with pincers will do the same
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yeah im just worried because apparently the panther crab like to burrow sometimes. I was hoping if he had lots of hiding places he would just do his burrowing there.
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The stingray tank of legend had vampire crabs at one point. That's about all I know...might check dendro boards.
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well that guys tank tank is bad ass.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:18 AM   #6
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I've had the vampires before, they do enjoy being out on land so I made them a tank with half land half water, and they lived for a bout a year, I am not sure what went wrong with them. I loved them, and they would eat anything, including plants.

The only ones really safe for plants are micro tai crabs, they are fully aquatic, and shouldn't bother your plants.
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