King Crab friend or foe

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King Crab friend or foe

Postby Gabriel » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:35 pm

hi i was advised to get a crab to keep my snail population down and on impulse (silly me i know) i got a king crab and hes quite happily eating them. however i have no more info ,how big they get,do they need land etc.... I cant seem to find out anything!!! please help
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Postby estgeorge » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:48 pm

Exactly where did you get it from? If you have it in a tropical aquarium, it won't be happy anyway, as King Crabs are cold water crabs.

There are a lot of different species that can be referred to as King Crab. If it is a Red Alaskan King Crab, open your arms and they can be as big as fingertip to fingertip!

You really need to find out its specific species name if you can.

Do you have a picture?

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Postby Gabriel » Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:49 pm

I have a picture but its on my personal pc.ive had a look round the net and it turns out its probably a red claw crab.its about 3 cm across its back with 4-5cm legs its a very vibrant red going to a dark blood red down its back with white claws and belly.i got it from bybrook barn in ashford england if it helps
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Postby estgeorge » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:30 am

I would give the Shop a ring and ask them for the scientific name, it will help you research if you know the correct name.

But this site might help...

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stuart.cla ... wSite.html

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Postby Gabriel » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:47 pm

yep thats my critter lol thanks for the link and help
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Postby estgeorge » Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:48 pm

No Problem, I had visions of you with an Alaskan King Crab! :mrgreen:

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