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Moon/Halloween Crabs

Discussion in 'Invertebrate Pet Talk' started by DalilahBlue, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. DalilahBlue

    DalilahBlue Moderator 1,000+ Post Club

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    I am thinking about starting a set up for these guys. So, I am thinking a communal set up in a 20 gallon tank with about 4-5 inches of sand topped with an inch or two of peat, with several half logs and such for hides and climbs. About a third of the tank would be a plastic lagoon deep enough to completely submerge a crab, but sloped enough they can easily climb out. Sound ok?

    A few questions for those who have kept these guys:

    1. What would be the best heat source?
    2. I have read varying ideas on calcium. Is treating foods with calcium supplement enough, or should I offer cuttlebone?
    3. Same on salt water treatment. Should I do it or not? Lagoon should be fresh or salt? Or a seperate salt water source?

    Am I forgetting anything?
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    I've always done well keeping em at 75-80* on EcoEarth, with a large bowl of fresh water, and a Sepia Bone..
  3. DalilahBlue

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    Hmmm...sounds much less complicated that other set ups I have read about...

    What kind of heat source did you use?

    Any special light requirements?
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    I always use a basic heat mat. on the side of the bin. As a general rule I don't put any lighting on Inverts.
  5. DalilahBlue

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    Sounds like a plan!
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