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    Downtown Crabville

    See how many Geosesarma sp. "Sulawesi Red Vampire" crabs you can spot there are 11 in this 40 gallon...


















    Here are a few shots of the ones I can find:




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    Gosh, they're RED! Since the youngsters come out as fully-formed little crabs, let me know if you ever have too many.
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    ADORABLE. WANT.
    Awesome find dude - what an appropriately bizarre terrarium specimen.
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    Gah, lost one in just 12 hours of arrival! Face down in the pool like a dead rockstar.

    Reading a google translated German terrarium site apparently losses can be up to 60% on new Geosesarma imports. This "Red Vampire" species is so new there's only a few cursory pics of them in a couple of places over the entire web. I thought these were CB but apparently only the "common" bi-color purple Vampire crabs are only rarely CB and not in large quantities, most are WC. The rarer colors are always WC. I hope I don't loose any more. I will document everything on trying to keep & breed them. I will make some CB babies available if I am successful with them. Supposedly CB babies are hardier than their parents.

    At least some have eaten, I added crushed dry shrimps, fruit flies, dusted tiny crickets, some fish flakes and crabby bites scattered very lightly about since they like to wander and taste little bites of everything, the stomach contents in wild crabs is apparently 77% substrate that they are found on. They seem to enjoy eating any orange isopods that come too close as well.

    Here is a depressing post in English about their mortality rate - wish me luck!
    http://www.petshrimp.com/discussions...php?f=6&t=2987
    Last edited by swords; 06-24-2010 at 12:54 AM.

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    Wow! Those are awesome! I would love some if i could find one. Do you think if there was a freshwater pool and a brackish pool RCC and RVC would live together?

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    That's a really nice crabitat. Good luck, they're pretty

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    That is an EXTREMELY nice crabitat! You should do that for a living! Maybe the interior decorator for a zoo...
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    Thanks I like this setup too but I'm now beginning to wonder if they might have to be kept in pairs or trios M/F/F instead of communally that much of the scant literature on them indicates which says they like company. Because today I am seeing lots of chasing which I assume are the males. There are lots of levels and plants and branches to break the line of sight but they run very fast and seem quite adept at spotting each other. I dug a few burrows this morning so they have a few more bolt holes.

    My email from the seller this morning says he looses a good 25-30% of each order but claims that once a breeding group is going they become self sustaining... Let's hope so!

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