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    Crabby baby

    Some of you may have heard me bragging that my Geosesarma sp. "Red" (Red Vampire Crabs) had babies - here's the best shot I could get of one so far:




    I'm not sure how many babies there are, I have a pic of two side by side but it's not as clear as this shot. You can see by the duckweed & Riccia strands just how small the babies are and how well they would blend with wet sphagnum and peat. I've found a good way to see them is to pull the lid off and blow at the soil, you'll see things darting. LOL

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    It's so tiny but cute! Omg!

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    I wish I could have gotten a pic of the one riding around on momma yesterday but I didn't find my camera and get back to the tank in time before she disappeared into one of the burrow tunnels dug all over the tank.

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    Awesome! Great job.
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    Congrats.

    Hows the color on the adults you have? Any recent pics of them?


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    awesome, swords. thats great news!
    looks like your doing well with them
    now hopefully you can start distributing more of these guys around into collections....did you ever find out if those supposed dead males you were pulling when you first got them, were just molts after all?

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    I don't have any pics of the adults you guys haven't seen, spying them is like seeing bigfoot by the time you get the camera setup... they're gone!

    But at any rate here's a male:



    Here's a just molted female. She's on the right and mottled in color, they turn firetruck red and solid black after a day or two.


    The molts are very hard to distinguish from the regular crab especially since you see them so rarely you only think "oh no!" when you see a molt. The molts weigh the same as a full crab (because they are done underwater) and look just like a regular crab and unlike an insect their molts do not have any obvious openings... I don't know how the hell they do it but they apparently teleport out of their old shells because upon inspection the shed shell is no different than the crab other than the eyes are not totally white and in the above case the shed is a bit lighter in color but they are not always. So if I'm lucky, I've actually only lost that first big male on the day of arrival.

    Tonight I bought some blood worms and glass worms and I will try putting some in the bottom of small vials and see if the babies crawl in to get at the meat. The adults won't fit but a lot of babies will so perhaps I can be smarter than a newborn crab... Or I'll catch a lot of isopods!

    I was thinking of getting Krill because it has a very high protein content compared to these worms but the Krill is advertising being "high in Vitamin C" and these crabs are not supposed to eat citrus fruits for some reason so I didn't know if Vitamin C would be as bad as the citric acid or not....
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    Awesome, you get red crabbies that are sometimes blue, and babies!
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