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Breeding Crabs!!!!

nini

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ok before i start to plan for an octo i would like to breed and care for crabs that way i can use them as food in the future! does any1 know what size aqurium i will need to house two crabs in? also i was wondering how many crabs a crab can usualy produce. i want to breed emerald crabs but maybe fiddlers would be easyer anyways i have alot to learn about crabs so please post advice. another thing i was wondering was if shrimp were easyer to breed and if they were better octo food.please help me!!!
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I suspect that with a bit of research you'll find breeding crabs on a scale large enough to use as a constant food supply will be much, much more expensive and time consuming than just ordering them.

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nini

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i guess u r right. do u have any websites that sell live octo food that u would suggest, because shrimpstuff is currently out of stock on everything.
thanks
PeACe
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nini

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Thanks a bunch :biggrin2: But another thing............i need to know how to care for crabs and shrimp so i can keep them alive for my octo,so what kinda tank equipment do they need filter,pump,water type,tank size ect.
can they be kept well w/ shrimp? and what do they eat? also what size should they be for the octo to eat?
Thanks:smile:
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get a baby pool
get a bunch of fiddlers from a bait shop or catch them or order them
fill one side of the baby pool up with sand half way
fill the other with water
put a small pump in the water
put the crabs in
they will breed after the new moon when the females shed their shells
a week later they will be plump with eggs
put a filter on the pump then
the females will lay the eggs in the water
make sure you have lots of food for the eggs (difficult to raise without this)
then start feeding the water
after about a month you will begin to see little itty bitty fiddlers on the sand
get the adults out then they will eat them
let the babies grow and presto cb fiddler crabs

its actually pretty easy as long as you provide enough food
 

Nancy

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So when the eggs hatch, what sort of feed will work? This is the difficult time, I imagine. Later they can eat flakes.

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Jean

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Nancy said:
So when the eggs hatch, what sort of feed will work? This is the difficult time, I imagine. Later they can eat flakes.

Nancy
I'd hazard a guess that they'd need very small plankton, or perhaps even rotifers. We don't have fiddler here but our small shore crab larvae feed on such things.

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ive fed the babies by doing water changes with real water out the estuaries around charleston and its worked fine cause theres plenty for them to eat in there but i know most of yall dont have access to that...

i would imagine that REEF BUGS would be great for this or something similar like brine eggs etc
 

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