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Old 04-27-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Pregnant Emerald Crab

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Thought we saw our Emerald crab spawn on Friday evening and today she is definatly pregnant. Anyone know how long we have before these little ones take over our tank? I've attached a pic.

I have searched the web, but can't find anything...probably looking in the wrong place.

Thanks in advance

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Old 04-27-2005, 07:27 PM   #2
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Congrats new parent!!!!! If you are trying to keepthe crabs alive I would suggest moving the mom to qt. The babies will become plankton in the tank and be fish food. Don't know on the incubation period though.
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:29 PM   #3
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also unless there is a male around they will be infertile and will be fish food anyways.
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Thanks, was thinking about that. There definetly is a proud daddy crab in there!

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Old 04-28-2005, 11:28 AM   #6
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Well good luck. Again if you want the babies to survive you will have to move them. I was reading on reef central's site and some crabs cary their eggs for a few weeks other UP TO A YEAR. Not sure which species does which though. SORRY
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No probs, thanks for the inputs anyway, currently setting up a little tank for her to go into so hopefully she wont let go off the eggs until we get her moved

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ive had rock crabs do that before boyh times at night quite the site even though ive never seen any extra crabs show up
i read that a tank with a sponge filter is good so the larva dont just get sucked up

but what the hell do i know
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Very cool! Congrats!!!
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Old 04-29-2005, 06:34 PM   #10
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Just an update....our little mummy crab (Matilda) seems to have let go of all her eggs... no sign of anything in the tank, so I guess we'll only know if anything survived if we see tiny crabs running around the tank.

Thanks for all your messages, you guys are much more friendly that some other forums I could mention (but wont!).

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