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    Man I must be blind. Except for the closups in the last couple pics, I couldn't see a single one!

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    Just remember, crabs are omnivores. They could potentially eat just about anything, including your nepenthes and including each other. But I hope it works out because it is a really cool setup.

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    I am so jealous. That is a phenomenal set up! I love crabbies ^-^

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    Is that one hiding in the shade of that leaf in the foreground of the fifth picture?

    Great looking terrarium. Get some video of the little guys scampering around for us!

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    hermes. most crabs are but his were labled as carnovores. he said it in his first crab thread.

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    They are carnivores but autopsies on the stomach contents of wild Geosesarma crabs found that almost 77% of their gut contents consisted of the substrate they were found on. Those on peat were full of peat, those on moss were full of moss so just don't keep them on gravel cos they can't eat that.

    They come out for fish flakes though, the smell must be tempting. They also like the orange Isopods I put in for soil maintenance. I may have to keep adding those to ensure there are enough to get established and keep the soil clean.

    I found a claw laying on some wood so the males have been definitely been fighting.
    I don't see the one with a missing claw but in the morning I will get a couple cork tubes and cut them in half the long way so there are more obstacles/line of sight divisions between the territories. Supposedly they only fight at maturity so there is a mature male in there hopefully also a mature female so before too long some babies will appear. After they separate from momma I will put them in their own tiny tank so I can properly document and care for them "from birth". I have a feeling that with the adults' gusto for Isopods and soil organisms the babies probably feed on springtails, firebrats and small Isopods. I've got cultures started of these soil organisms for my tanks so if/when any babies show up I can feed them from the culture bins.

    Yes Tom that's one up against the front glass, he or she is making a burrow under the Selaginella it's much deeper today so you can only see the very top of the carapace now.

    I think a video taken from a tripod would be the best solution for getting images of these guys because they come out and look around when the TV is off and I'm across the room at my desk looking at the tank. If I get up and go near it they disappear very quickly. Hopefully the first captive bred generation will not be so stressed and frightened.
    Last edited by swords; 06-24-2010 at 08:56 PM.

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