Zoea *successful captive breeding & rearing of C. variabilis

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Post by Shawn » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:05 pm

I sat and read this entire 31+ page thread today. I have to say, Nat, it has been great to see your batch of captive breds grow from little specs in the water to walking around and molting. Kudos for such a tremendous feat. As well to you Curls, and Kuza. I've wanted to breed mine since I got into crabs 3 or 4, maybe 5 years ago? Can't remember. Any chance of an update, Nat?


Kuza, how are your straws coming along. I would so love to not only get straws and be able to keep them alive for their natural life span but to breed them. Envious is not a strong enough word. :)

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Post by kuza » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:23 pm

Both attempts ended at shell stage. One of the mommas and the 1 pappa are molting right now.

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Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:40 pm

This batch of babies is 1yo today! 16 in total have reached 1 year. This seasons babies are doing well & i look forward to what the future holds!! :) Image pic is of this seasons babies, date of hatch 19/10/13
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Post by Shawn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:07 pm

Awesome! How 'bout a group photo of the birthday kids? :cake:

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Post by CallaLily » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:23 pm

Nat_addicted to HC's wrote:This batch of babies is 1yo today! 16 in total have reached 1 year. This seasons babies are doing well & i look forward to what the future holds!! :) Image pic is of this seasons babies, date of hatch 19/10/13
They are so adorable! Congrats on first birthdays!! :D


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Post by Happy Crabber » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:51 pm

WOW :banana: :banana: Congrats! So great to hear they are doing well.

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Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:10 am

Shawn wrote:Awesome! How 'bout a group photo of the birthday kids? :cake:
Great Idea!! I will look into something that has compartments so I can get them to cooperate, I never handle them unless its necessary & they are super pinchy! It would be cool to get a shot with the male & female from this seasons batch too!!
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Post by aussieJJDude » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:07 pm

Happy late birthday little guys :)
They so cute and look at there colours, they don't look like rainbows anymore :( oh well!
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Post by NinjaPurgs » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:40 pm

Wow, this is fantastic! :clap:
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Post by Nia » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:02 am

Congrats! Glad to see them growing so well :crabbigsmile:
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Post by lia013 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:52 pm

Oh my God they're sooooooooooo cute I so jealous !

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Post by Striker0086 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:33 pm

Last time I saw these guys was when you just put them into the tank!!! They are so big now! Well, compared to what they where!lol I just cannot believe how far along they have come! One question though. Do you notice any difference in attitude or behavior compared to your other wild caught crabs? Do the lil ones have the same mannerisms and such? Are they just as skittish of you as the adults? Being that you raised them, I know you had to have some degree of interaction at a small age, so I would think they wouldn't be so tempted to retreat when they see you in the tank...


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Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:49 am

There is no difference in behaviour, they still have all of the same instincts ie run for cover when there is a shadow or sudden movement. I do not interact with them apart from a quick photo or cleaning waters & foods. When I have attempted to sex them they have proven to be very pinchy & quickly abandoned their shell to streak away leaving me completely freaking out. I now sex them via climbing mesh across the front of the tank so I can get a good look without causing harm by stressing them.
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Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:41 am

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The youngest batch are growing well, 6 happy little Aussie crabbies .
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it's about how you danced in the rain!

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Post by Irisviel » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:12 am

WOW this thread is fascinating and the babies are adorable, my heart is just melting. <3

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