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    i would like to buy these crabs, but i have a few questions that i cannot find on the internet.

    could you guys help me out??

    -how can you keep the temperature okay above the water?
    -what do they prefer for soil?
    -how much of them can you keep in a 80cm x 40cm x 40cm tank?
    -what are the best parameters?

    and if you have other info, please let me know ! i'm very curious !

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    [QUOTE=shrimpsie;44110]i would like to buy these crabs, but i have a few questions that i cannot find on the internet.

    could you guys help me out??

    -how can you keep the temperature okay above the water?

    I keep them in the room. If the weather was really cold.. Just use a LAMP to keep the tank warm during the night.

    -what do they prefer for soil? Not sure.. You can use reptiles's Substrate. I only use mosses and some spongee and river pebbles as the base.

    -how much of them can you keep in a 80cm x 40cm x 40cm tank?
    I would say 12 pc. (depend on the tank setting....More hiding place for them will be much better for them.

    -what are the best parameters?


    Water temp: can bare from 20 to 28 C, They seems more active in 24 C or above)

    I would suggest to keep them in a small group, try to mix the sex ratio -females more than males...

    Feeding them with normal fish pellets and rotten leaves.

    Try to search under "Geosesarma" You can obtained more info..!!! It will be more fun to search the infos by yourself ...
    Good Luck!!

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    thank you minicooper! i really appreciate it !

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    You could use a heating mat if it gets too cold, but they will do fine at temps above 20 degrees celcius.
    As for the substrate, you could use a mix of coconut fibre and sand, or even a portion of garden soil, just make sure the pH is around neutral and it'll be ok!

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    Hi,
    these crabs love to dig a hole in the ground to hide. Please cosider this when you choose the soil. I used a mix of sand and very find pine bark.

    They prefer an aqua-terrarium and love to get theier feet wet. So a place to hide quite near to the edge of the water would be perfect for them.

    The younger crabs are rather active but their behaviour will change. The adults will stick to their hole and will only come out to grab some food. My ones were also quite shy, so I saw them mainly at nigt with a flashlight. During day light all of them were hidden somewhere.

    BTW, my oldest crab of this species was almost 3 years old before she died. I kept her at room temperature which meant about 17C till 34C depending on the season.

    Best regards,
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    um...do you think i can keep this crab with guppies?

    i must have many hiding space near the water and land area right?
    Do they breed in freshwater or saltwater? its easy to breed?
    it is not a must for this crab to have soil based or plant based substrate right?

    um...can my tank be setup very simple?
    for example 5 gallon tank, put some pots in the water for them to climb up for air or rest and with some pvc pipe for hiding and the water is filled with guppies?

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    Hi,
    yes, they breed in freshwater. I just got offspring once and it was more by good luck than anything else. Actually I found it quite hard to keep the juveniles alive and had not that much luck with them. I would offer them a real land area. It depends on the individual, some stay months under water and others just go there to molt. But all like to hide and prefer to bury themselves a hole in the soil.

    I would not keep them with guppies. These crabs are rather slow feeders and the guppies would be too annoying for them. In the worst case you won't seem at all anymore because they hide all day long.

    Best regards,
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    I've got these lovely crabs too...since a few days...

    I ceate a 1/3 waterpart(sand) en 2/3 landpart ( coconut humus ) with hidingplaces...for 3 female and 2 male

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTQDVUDlYVA

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    nice setup....

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