Vampire Crab

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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??

Thanks!
 

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I'm 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
 
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Harvster10 said:
I'm 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
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
 

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I may be wrong about the crickets but there are no fully freshwater crab except from ThaI micro crabs
 

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Harvster10 said:
I may be wrong about the crickets but there are no fully freshwater crab except from ThaI micro crabs
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?
 

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They freshwater, slightly more terrestrial than aquatic. Most tend to keep them in tanks that's 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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