Vampire Crab Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by CanadianJoeh, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. CanadianJoehWell Known MemberMember

    Good afternoon fellow Fishlorians

    Today I have inherited an aged vampire crab from my cousin. He was not well cared for and I figured I'd take him under my wing and treat him well for the remainder of his life.

    I would like your advice on what I can do to make this little guy happy -

    With him came a terrarium, a heated incandescent, and various accessories.

    I have never kept a vampire crab but I am familiar with freshwater inverts.

    My cousin kept him in exclusively coconut-fiber substrate, with a small water platter. My plan is to shape the Substrate into a hill, with a water basin at the bottom instead to give him water to swim in and more humidity.

    I also plan on feeding Bottom Feeder bug bites since I already have those on hand, as well as crickets weekly.

    What else can I do??

  2. Harvster10Valued MemberMember

    Im pretty sure vampire crabs like groups and they are partially brackish. They don’t eat crickets I don’t think. I recommend some crab sticks, blood worms and occasional veggies
  3. CanadianJoehWell Known MemberMember

    I will not be adding more to his tank, he has been in solitude all his life and has apparently killed any another crabs he has ever encountered.

    They are a semi-aquatic crab and live in fully fresh water. You must be thinking of fiddler crabs.

    There is an abundance of information on the net saying they enjoy live crickets :p
  4. Harvster10Valued MemberMember

    I may be wrong about the crickets but there are no fully freshwater crab except from Thai micro crabs
  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    These aren't fully freshwater, they're semi-aquatic. But every reliable source I could find said freshwater for the aquatic portion. Do you have a source for your brackish water claim?
  6. aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    They freshwater, slightly more terrestrial than aquatic. Most tend to keep them in tanks thats around 75% or more land.

    I'd reccomend switching over the heating light to a UTH, bulbs have the tendency to dry out the tank quite a bit. Other than that, it does sound like you have most of the basics covered.

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