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Christople 03-11-2011 06:00 PM

Hi I went to petsmart and saw that there were fully aquatic crabs that get a inch big and they are red crabs I think could I have one with my stock.

Andarial 03-11-2011 07:42 PM

are they called red claw crabs? if so they are not fully aquatic they still need to breathe air

Christople 03-12-2011 09:19 AM

I dont know but it looked like there was no place for them to go up and get air

Andarial 03-12-2011 11:43 AM

what did they look like? and that can be misleading they are excellent at climbing things

badfish123 03-12-2011 11:49 AM

Hmmm... They are also Brackish not completely Freshwater. They also tend to eat small fish.
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Christople 03-12-2011 04:42 PM

llittle red crabs

Andarial 03-13-2011 05:36 PM

Christople 03-14-2011 08:55 PM

maybe would they fit the description... that male wasn't as red though

dfbiggs 03-15-2011 01:33 PM

Commercial pet stores are bad at keeping animals/ other creatures in the right environment. I have seen crabs in tanks filled completely even when there was a designated fill line on the tank. The poor crabs were fighting to get to the top for air. Most likely the crabs you are looking at are going to need land to crawl up on and also salt because they are probably brackish. Double check the name and check parameters online. Don't ever trust pet store employees or the tags of parameters. You have already made a good decision checking here first.

LasColinasCichlids 03-15-2011 01:51 PM

I think I know the crab you are talking about...Petmart sells the Red Clawed Crab... and as most crabs it does need Brackish water...also it needs a place to get to land as it is NOT fully aquatic. They will grab at and eat any smaller slow moving fish. It needs a tight lid on the tank so that it cannot escape.

My Petsmart locally finally put them in a tank only 1/2 filled with a ramp to a land area. I doubt they put the water brackish though.

Although a really cool, hard to find though, crab that is NOT brackish (however it still needs access to land) is the Vampire is purple and maxes out at 2 inches, and has tiny claws!!! They are super cute! I want one, but have to wait because I dont have the proper access for it to land. Petsmart wont carry this crab, but some lfs's can get them in, and the vampire crab is less likely to eat other fish as its claws dont open all the way and are very tiny.

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