My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by kuza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:04 pm

Today I put about 30 megalopa into my second attempt at a megalopa tank. And I still have maybe 20-30 in the jars and still maybe 20-30 zoea. This is an estimate since it's too hard to count, I will be posting video's in a few minutes.

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by wolfnipplechips » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:58 pm

Woo woo!! :banana: GO KUZA!! Crab daddy extraordinaire.
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by Bean2011 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:15 pm

Go Kuza! Rooting for you in Maryland! :cheer:
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by kuza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:00 pm

Here's the new megalopa tank (beta TV), and they are doing well after a few hours so it's looking hopeful. They are eating the shrimp I fed them, it's fun to watch them do corkscrews with food in their hands;

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Here's some megalopa swimming a I do my water changes last night, boy can they swim!;

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There's more new video's of the jars in my album.

Here's my current shells, I have tiny ones but I still feel like I don't have small enough ones cause when I put them in the tank the shells seem too big, even if they are only a few millimeters:

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Thanks for all the support and kind words!

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by Auxorii » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:04 pm

I've had eggs before, but my female PP dropped them somewhere in the tank,
If they're grey then they will be coming off soon, when you add the Predatory mites, move your female into another tank perhaps? If she does drop the eggs when the predatory mites are in there, they might eat the eggs, it's not unlikely, but not really a possibility, sorry if I was late on this post.

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by kuza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:25 pm

Ya I let the predatory mites sit in an old 10 gallon, and surprisingly they are still alive, well some are. I won't bother until she stops dropping eggs since I've been able to keep the bad mites under control with mite baths on the main infected crabs, which is mainly limited to 1 right now who's showing no more signs of mites. I think I caught them early this time.

And my straw eggs don't change color it seems, they are just opaque greyish the whole 25 or so days until she drops them.

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by KittyKatt » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:29 pm

Yay!! I put a little star on this thread so I can get all the updates. I'm rootin for you like crazy!

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:31 pm

Your shells look perfect to me! How big are the megalopa now?
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by kuza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:38 pm

they are maybe 5-8 mm? but I'm guessing, I haven't measured one yet. I guess I could measure a dead one.

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:45 pm

Sounds like theyre very similar to variabilis at this stage. My shell openings were 1.5 - 2mm
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by kuza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:00 pm

most of my tiny shells are like turbos/nerite style. I don't have a lot of shells like in your pictures. I'm not even sure where to get them. I mainly shopped at craft stores for the smallest they have. To get anything like you have I have to buy puka shell mix hermit crab substrate from zoomed. And it's a real pain to go through it for those shells.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2752626

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by hermilove » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:15 pm

I was at a Michael's Craft Store a few months ago, and there was a bag of just teeny tiny shells like that. A whole bunch of them, so they might have some if they have Michael's in Canada....I don't know if they do though :?
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by Nat_addicted to HC's » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:19 pm

The best thing with these little shells is.... you will use them over & over again.
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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by fraksocks » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:37 pm

I found this on Deltona. I know it won't help for your current megalopa but maybe you could order some for the next batch if you think they are what you need.
http://deltonaseashells.com/inc/pdir/154?start=60

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Re: My Straw (Perlatus) baby thread. Update: Megalopa stage

Post by aussieJJDude » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:03 am

OK, I am know dieing from this thread! Such cute crabs.. Well, zoea/Megapola...
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