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Old 03-29-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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Crabs or Shrimp for freshwater aquarium

I almost picked up a Fiddler crab on a whim for my wife, who thought it was really cute. Did some research ans found that they are semi-aquatic and brackish... not a good fit for my little tank of live bearers.

If I can't give a crab a good life in my tank, what other crustaceans can I try? Who has tried shrimp? What's a good kind?
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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I have several fiddlers in a freshwater tank but they also have potted plants they climb on to be above the water level, then climb back down. There's a toy they rest on sometimes above the water. They're rascals lol, you have to make sure there's no way they can escape because they will try then hide in your house. I put electrical tape over the open areas near the filter and heater, cause they'll climb up those things and find their way out haha. I'm sure shrimp might be a little easier to handle than a bunch of escape artists lol.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:50 PM   #3
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What size tank do you have? A lot of people keep shrimp here, even crayfish! I think crustaceans are adorable. Glad I'm not the only one, haha.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:54 PM   #4
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Red crystal shrimp would be the best option
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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If you really want a crab, look into a micro crab. Can't remember the name right now, but they only get to be a half inch to an inch size and work well in a community tank

Add: Thai micro crab

Quick search info: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...ent.php?sid=60
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If you go with shrimp, I noticed they tend to prefer well established tanks.. They never worked well with my newer tanks.
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:33 PM   #7
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Thai micro crabs dissappear and are rarely seen lol look into mexican orange dwarf crayfish. Peaceful but with he attitude of a killer lol
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:57 PM   #8
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I have both red clawed and fiddlers in a 90g community , I use an atlantis underwater island (like a diving bell) in my tank my crabs love it fresh air whenever they need it and they can come and go as they please. Oh and no climbing out of the tank any more.Click image for larger version

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I almost picked up a Fiddler crab on a whim for my wife, who thought it was really cute. Did some research ans found that they are semi-aquatic and brackish... not a good fit for my little tank of live bearers.

If I can't give a crab a good life in my tank, what other crustaceans can I try? Who has tried shrimp? What's a good kind?

This is a 10g with 3 Mollies ?
You could try Ghost Shrimp or 1 or 2 Amanos. RCS or CRS would just get killed. CRS are very sensitive to water quality and Mollies are super messy and usually need 20-30g tanks.

What is your current stock ?
Any live plants ?
Pic of the tank ?


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Red crystal shrimp would be the best option

Not with Mollies and Platies. They'd be an expensive snack !


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I have both red clawed and fiddlers in a 90g community , I use an atlantis underwater island (like a diving bell) in my tank my crabs love it fresh air whenever they need it and they can come and go as they please. Oh and no climbing out of the tank any more.Attachment 231015Attachment 231016Attachment 231017

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That is so clever! I've never seen one before. There's an air hose connected, I'm assuming?
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www.crabhomes.com and yes

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That is the coolest thing! Thanks for the link.
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I have both red clawed and fiddlers in a 90g community , I use an atlantis underwater island (like a diving bell) in my tank my crabs love it fresh air whenever they need it and they can come and go as they please. Oh and no climbing out of the tank any more.

Haha they are little escape artists. I ended up putting a book over the opening of my tanks hood, then some electrical tape over other small openings in the hood. What I like about the fiddlers is they last a long time, my buddy had some and had to attend to a family emergency which ended up keeping him away for about a month, he came back and they were still alive and some had molted and stuff.
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