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Old 02-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Horseshoe Crab-how quickly will he grow?

I have a 29 gal SW tank with a tomato clownfish and a horseshoe crab. He's about the size of a quarter right now, how big do you think he'll grow and how fast?
Just wondering how you guys expect him to grow, thanks!
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Chances are it will die of starvation long before it does much growing. They are a poor choice for a small home aquarium.
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my school has horseshoe crabs. how do you plan on feeding them? we feed ours shrimp on a stick to make sure they get food.
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Chances are it will die of starvation long before it does much growing. They are a poor choice for a small home aquarium.
A poor choice for a large aquarium also IMO!
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Well, he was in a much smaller display tank at my local dealer. If he starts getting big enough that I think he's uncomfortable I'll contact the aquarium and see what we can work out.

No, he's a good eater. I have a flake food that he will pick at once it hits the bottom, and I give him brine shrimp. He'll actually swim to meet it at the top-but they mostly feed off of whatever's in the gravel.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:34 AM   #6
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I had onefor about eight months till a power head I had yet replaced sucked him in
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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Make sure everything is secured, these guys are clumsy bulldozers. Everyone I know that ever had one brought them back due to the destructive issues.
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Poor choice
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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Ive seen these things in the wild and they can get very big. id say soccer ball size
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"Females are larger than males; C. rotundicauda is the size of a human hand, while L. polyphemus can be up to 60 centimetres (24 in) long (including tail). The juveniles grow about 33% larger with every molt until reaching adult size"

The speed in which it will grow would depend on your water parameters and the amount of food you feed it.


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