- Experience level: Beginner
- Tank Setup: 20+ gallons
- Diet: Frozen, Pellets
- Maximum size: 2"
- Water temperature: 72-82°
- Swimming level: Bottom
Red clawed crabs are fun, fascinating little creatures that make great pets for your home or classroom. They are easy and economical to care for and their crabby antics like climbing, digging, molting and shell switching are as entertaining as they are educational.
These crabs love to climb, so be sure to have a secure lid on your habitat. They use fine hairs on their legs to scavenge for food in their bedding or substrate. One of the most fascinating features of these critters is molting, or shedding their outside skin in order to grow. Be sure to provide lots of hiding places like rocks or driftwood so they have plenty of places to hide and feel secure.
You will see crabs swimming at the bottom of your aquarium or climbing on the décor.
This is a characteristic of crabs and means they need to shed their outer skin in order to grow.
Hiding places should be offered as crabs prefer a secure area as a retreat.
Juvenile crabs can be kept in a general community aquarium, but as adults they may harass their tankmates and should be kept by themselves or with other large, tough fish.
Crabs must be fed sinking pellet foods that they can find at the bottom of the tank.
For optimum health, feed your crab as much food as he will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day.
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