There are supposedly captive breeders out there, but I’m very sceptical. The zoea are fully aquatic and feed on a variety of micro organisms and algae that live in the ocean, they’re very delicate and vulnerable during this stage so many die off. If doubt you could recreate the ocean with all the micro organisms they need to eat, I’ve tried figuring out what exactly they eat but it appears nobody even knows. I’d say captive bred hermies are a scam. But yes they’re probably the hardest animal to keep that I keep, but I still enjoy them. I think people should try to give them more complex habitats, too, since they’re wild caught, I think it would be very beneficial to give them a large natural tank.They are complex to keep alive. I wish there were more decent caresheets on them. Many pet stores aren't selling them anymore simply for reasons of animal cruelty and because captive breeding is utterly impossible.
I love you forever. Thank you so much!soak the substrate in salt water. They natural come from a salty environment so it’s ok, not for other creatures though. The salt keeps mold and bacteria at bay, and has even gotten rid of mites for me, but it also eliminates a clean up crew if you want or have one. It’s worked like a charm for me, my crabs love to drag their food around. Including raw fish. So I used to get mold a lot, but now I never see it, and I check under the hides where they love to tear apart and scatter their food around.