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I was at petsmart and they have 2 crabs, a Red Claw Crab and a Mini Crab. I was wondering would it surfice in a 1g tank with no filter and sticks so it can go to the top. Is it also compatible with plants? Are they completely fresh or are they brackish?

Thought I'd also ask in this thread instead of starting a new one. Would 4 or 5 Cardinal Tetras/Neon Tetras/Glowlite Tetras work in my 10g setup with no other fish(besides the platys)? I might add some small bottom feeders(corys) but thats it.

P.s. I searched for them on the web and no luck!
 

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I was at petsmart and they have 2 crabs, a Red Claw Crab and a Mini Crab. I was wondering would it surfice in a 1g tank with no filter and sticks so it can go to the top. Is it also compatible with plants? Are they completely fresh or are they brackish?
A 1 gallon is far too small and with no filter, ammonia and nitrites can build up killing the crab.
Thought I'd also ask in this thread instead of starting a new one. Would 4 or 5 Cardinal Tetras/Neon Tetras/Glowlite Tetras work in my 10g setup with no other fish(besides the platys)? I might add some small bottom feeders(corys) but thats it.
That should be fine.:)
 

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Okay thanks for the replies. I was curious since they look awesome. What is the minimum sized tank for them?
I've never kept them but I know from experience that a gallon is quite small and the water parameters are very tricky to maintain in a small tank. A small tank can have extreme changes of the water conditions and this is stressful to the occupants.

Here are the links regarding the red-clawed crabs:
Red Claw Crab, Red Clawed Crab Care, Freshwater crab, sesarma bidens

Sesarma bidens (Red Clawed Crab)
I was kinda worried about overstocking the tank, I was always jumped on at my cousins shop for overstocking it.
A 10 gallons tank can allow a dozen or more of those tetras. Tetras are not big waste producers so they won't add too much to the bioload.
As long as your filter is sufficient and you do frequent water changes with gravel vacuuming, I wouldn't worry too much about the bioload but as I said, tetras don't poo a lot so there won't be too much poo to be expected.:)
 

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I've never kept them but I know from experience that a gallon is quite small and the water parameters are very tricky to maintain in a small tank. A small tank can have extreme changes of the water conditions and this is stressful to the occupants.

Here are the links regarding the red-clawed crabs:
Red Claw Crab, Red Clawed Crab Care, Freshwater crab, sesarma bidens

Sesarma bidens (Red Clawed Crab)

A 10 gallons tank can allow a dozen or more of those tetras. Tetras are not big waste producers so they won't add too much to the bioload.
As long as your filter is sufficient and you do frequent water changes with gravel vacuuming, I wouldn't worry too much about the bioload but as I said, tetras don't poo a lot so there won't be too much poo to be expected.:)
Good point. I plan on getting a new filter soon(after the test kit of course).
 

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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/40170-moss-rope-ladder.html

IMHO you can do 1-2 Thai red claw crabs in a 1gal tank with no filter, as long as both are not Males.
but you must change the water weekly and give them something to climb to above the waterline.
you can put any plants you like in with the crab as they'll only eat the dead parts of it.
I recommend making the climbable item a feller, lava, or lace rock, not sticks.
remember these crabs are escape artists so keep that in mind when you set this up.
you can immerse the rock as much as you like as long as there are a few square inches above water.

here I have 2 crabs in a 1gal container. I use them to clean dead parts off my glosso before I plant them.



I purposely keep the water low in this picture because I want them to get at the floating plants.
 

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i used to keep a red claw in about a 3 gallon critter keeper with a 10 dollar filter and also a claw frog ( really the cuzin to the the claw frog but looks the same) and a betta. i was feeding the whole setup small crickets ( yes even the betta loved them ) i had a brick in the center for access out of the water. i currently have 6 fidler crabs ( 3 male, 3 female) in a 5 1/2 gallon with 2 inches of water and a red slate land area. i feed them occasional crickets and blood worms , oh and for filtration the same little cheapo heater. the fidlers and red claws are some what the same care.




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I feed those little crabs to my puffers. They are freshwater I believe but can tolerate brackish and even full marine for quite some time.
 

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and i feed puffers to them :O i hate puffers with a passion :) so i always by them to be destroyed by my colony. why would you spend the same amount of money on a feeder that you did on the fish ? such waste of time.



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