Anyone ever kept Thai micro spider crabs?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by ReCause5764, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. ReCause5764Valued MemberMember

    Came across them on Amazon of all places but I've never heard of them before. Just wanted to know anyone's experience with them.
  2. Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    I've not kept them but was interested a while back.

    However, I was put off somewhat by the price.

    Also, I kept coming across posts where keepers said they put them in a suitable tank and then never saw them again as they hid all the time.
  3. ReCause5764Valued MemberMember

    Yeah I heard they like to hide a lot or being on plants most of the time. I'll probably end up ordering a few and post how it goes
  4. Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    Good luck with the micro-crabs!
  5. MJDutiWell Known MemberMember

    This, sadly. I was lucky enough to have a tank for them and saw them at a great LFS. Never saw them anywhere else besides online. I got half a dozen (much cheaper with no shipping!) and drip acclimated them. I got mainly small ones (they are TINY) but had one or two decent size (bigger than a pencil tip). Now I have a lot of plants, so they scattered about.

    Weeks later, I would only very randomly see one of the big ones on a floating plant or hiding under something. When I was rinsing my HOB filter I found a few of the smaller ones hiding in the sponge filter pad back there. They were fine, but how they even got up there (intake has a sponge covering it) is beyond me. While I gently put them back in the tank, I have yet to see them. It's like "where's Waldo" in my tank.
  6. ReCause5764Valued MemberMember

    That's crazy. I would have never imagined they'd be that small. I'm going to start a nano tank for my son in the near future and I'll probably try to get some for him. He's going to hate the fact that you can't see them lol I'm assuming you'd have to get a ridiculous amount of them to see them regularly
  7. tfreemaFishlore VIPMember

    I saw them in Amazon and wondered about them too. I wonder if they would be a good cleanup crew for a 5g beta tank where the beta is the only resident since we lost our nerite snail.

    Keep us posted on how it goes if you order them.
  8. KwigWell Known MemberMember

    I never see mine either but when I do I love watching them :)

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