Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variabilis

This area is dedicated to the pioneers who have captive bred crabs, and for those who wish to learn more or attempt it themselves. Also for inquiring about the gender of your crabs.
User avatar

Curlz
Posts: 201
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:18 pm
Location: Germany
Contact:

Re: Zoea

Post by Curlz » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:39 am

oh my gosh! *searching for a way to get to Australia to get some* ;)

And it is still astonishing how far they have develop. Great! :)
Love sincerly,

Curlz
and her pinchers

my Hermit Blog http://curlz-crabs.blogspot.de/

User avatar

kuza
Posts: 967
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:49 am
Location: Ontario, Canada

Re: Zoea

Post by kuza » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:27 am

They look so big now!

User avatar

Careyenz
Posts: 552
Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:42 am
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Zoea

Post by Careyenz » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:26 pm

They are really adorable. I can't get over how sweet their little faces are. I so wish I could get Aussies! You're an inspiration, Nat!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Careyenz, mom to Collin-7, Lily-4, 4 Straws, 5 Blues, 2 Violas, 2 E's, 2 PP's, and 3 cats.

User avatar

Topic author
Nat_addicted to HC's
Posts: 293
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:12 am
Location: South Australia, Australia
Contact:

Re: Zoea

Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:30 am

17 little Crabs out today :) so I hatched a plan to catch them so I could show you the difference in sizes better but they are so quick & its a race once I lift the lid can I catch him/her before they make it to a tunnel or the coconut hut & disappear?!?!
I caught 16 lol
Image
I chose a ceramic dish (warmed) to put them in for pics as I figured they would be unable to escape simultaneously, unfortunately all flash pics were a fail & they did not stay still!
Natalie van Amstel

Life isn't about how you survived the storm...
it's about how you danced in the rain!

Australia's Online Land Hermit Crab Food,Treats and Accessories Store
CURRENTLY CLOSED SORRY
http://www.ihavecrabs.com.au

User avatar

fraksocks
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:27 am

Re: Zoea

Post by fraksocks » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:57 am

That one is still so tiny in comparison to the rest! How old are they now? And what is the size range of shells that they are in out of curiosity (obviously very, very small lol)

User avatar

Curlz
Posts: 201
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:18 pm
Location: Germany
Contact:

Re: Zoea

Post by Curlz » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:53 am

*wo* 16 little sweeties :)

same here. Some took big shells, some stayed in tiny shells. At the moment there is only one still in a tiny shell.
Love sincerly,

Curlz
and her pinchers

my Hermit Blog http://curlz-crabs.blogspot.de/

User avatar

aussieJJDude
Administrator
Administrator
Posts: 4196
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:12 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Zoea

Post by aussieJJDude » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:08 am

Wow, so of them look huge, but I bet they not big at all! ;)
Crabs || Fish || Shrimp || Snails || Plants || Insects

25G Nano Freshwater || 64G Freshwater Community || 90G Fancy Goldie Pond || 64G Crabitat
I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'... They're just things I forgot I had planned to get || Self Designated 'HCA Pic Fan' 2012+

User avatar

kuza
Posts: 967
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:49 am
Location: Ontario, Canada

Re: Zoea

Post by kuza » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:23 am

so awesome!

User avatar

SoulLonely
Posts: 467
Joined: Tue May 31, 2011 8:56 pm
Location: Illinois

Re: Zoea

Post by SoulLonely » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:31 pm

wow, how adorable! It's very interesting to see all the different sizes even though they are the same age! :D
PP- Currie (boy), Turnip (boy), Maddie (boy), Pineapple (girl), Scaredy (boy), Tremble (girl), Bitty Bite (girl), Frisky (unknown), Chloe (male), Big&Beautiful (female), unnamed (male), 3 unnamed (unknown)
E-Donkey (male), Sprinte (unknown)

User avatar

CrabbyMom33
Posts: 1214
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:03 pm
Location: Gahanna, OH

Re: Zoea

Post by CrabbyMom33 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:10 pm

Cuteness overload!!! :D
Owner of 8 PPs, 2 Compressus, 4 Straws

User avatar

Careyenz
Posts: 552
Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:42 am
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Zoea

Post by Careyenz » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:42 pm

That is about the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
Careyenz, mom to Collin-7, Lily-4, 4 Straws, 5 Blues, 2 Violas, 2 E's, 2 PP's, and 3 cats.

User avatar

Topic author
Nat_addicted to HC's
Posts: 293
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:12 am
Location: South Australia, Australia
Contact:

Re: Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variab

Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:08 pm

I started moving the Juveniles to the growing tat on the 23/09/13 and to date I have moved 16
the 3' tat proved to be difficult to stabalise as I didn't want to have a drastic temp & humidity change that could be fatal. I ended up using a 38 watt microclimate heat mat on the rear and a 14w on one end to get the temp up to high enough (28-32 degrees celcius) with insulation.
I have gone with the EE/Sand/Worm castings sub in the ratio of 1(EE):5 Sand/Worm castings dampened with marine grade salt water. sub temp is a consistent 23 degrees, Humidity is in the low 80's
The transition tank is still running and will be for sometime as molters could still be down (fingers crossed that more have made it!) they are still cannibalistic even with an abundant food source, I have watched them eat each other (dig up and eat a molter right next to the full food dish) while trying to get the 3' tat stable, overcrowding I am sure was the main issue here.
Shell shopping happens on mass, just the sound of a crab in the shell shop brings others running with eager anticipation.
Determining gender has proven to be futile! they are way to fast and feisty to get a decent look :( I did not want to overly stress them more than necessary.
There is a remarkable size difference between crabs.
Image
out of more than 50 photos this one was the least blurry, they are not photogenic :x
Natalie van Amstel

Life isn't about how you survived the storm...
it's about how you danced in the rain!

Australia's Online Land Hermit Crab Food,Treats and Accessories Store
CURRENTLY CLOSED SORRY
http://www.ihavecrabs.com.au

User avatar

kuza
Posts: 967
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:49 am
Location: Ontario, Canada

Re: Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variab

Post by kuza » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:24 pm

I'm glad they are doing so well and growing so much! That guy is super cute!

User avatar

wodesorel
Tech Support
Tech Support
Posts: 9096
Joined: Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:49 am
Location: Leetonia, Ohio
Contact:

Re: Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variab

Post by wodesorel » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:34 am

Wow, I would have thought once they were above ground and able to access food they would stop being so cannibalistic. :( It's almost hard to believe that their biggest enemy in the wild is probably their sibling. Gotta say, it makes me wonder why as that's no way to guarantee that a species survives.

I am very much hoping that you find more, too!!

They are extremely cute. :hearts:

User avatar

Rocky
Posts: 1267
Joined: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:22 pm
Location: Vernon, BC (Canada)
Contact:

Re: Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variab

Post by Rocky » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:49 am

I can't believe how cute and sweet they are! :heart: :cheer:
It's not just the shells! Their bodies have such a crazy size difference. Shows what we know about putting an age to crabs. You wouldn't be able to get side-by-sides would you?
We're not asked to do great things, we're asked to do all things with great care.
Rocky's Reptile Rescue: https://www.facebook.com/RockysReptileRescue
Stop the demand. End the trade.

Post Reply